Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizen’s and guests of Pueblo County that we remain under Stage II Fire restrictions. Yesterday’s rain provided only a small amount of moisture that we need. The data shows we will need significantly more rainfall in order to lift restrictions. Campgrounds and parks across the county have sealed up their designated pits and BBQ’s as a reminder to everyone that fires are not permitted.
PCSO has received many calls about what is and what is not prohibited under the current restrictions. Here is some information to help clarify specific items.
Smoking Outside (City Only)
Propane fueled Smokers/Slow Cookers
Charcoal fires or grills ANYWHERE
ALL Fireworks ANYWHERE
Outdoor Welding ANYWHERE
Open Flame ANYWHERE
Smoking outside (County only)
We understand emergency repairs to infrastructure and agricultural ditch maintenance may become necessary during this time frame, in such cases both the city and county require pre-notification and specific preparation before any activities that would normally violate the restrictions. There are two community firework displays in Pueblo County, one in Pueblo West and another in the city of Pueblo.
PCSO Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears has been working with patrol and fire teams to establish response plans for the holiday weekend. “I would ask people to just not take the risk, to understand the restriction exist to protect our community. Colorado has lost homes, businesses, and lives to fire this year. We have done a great job protecting our county so far, let’s keep it going.” says Chief Mears. Violation of the restrictions could result in fines as high as $1000 and some may face mandatory court appearances, agency compensation, or even criminal charges if they start a fire.