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Castle Rock is surrounded by wildlands, which are picturesque but also can be a fire hazard during the dry conditions that recently have persisted here.
It’s important to mitigate the threat of wildfires, which is why Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales – acting on authority granted by Town Council – on Wednesday imposed Stage 2 fire restrictions within Town.
Under Stage 2 restrictions, there shall be no:· Open burning of any kind· Use of charcoal grills and fires in chimneys, portable fireplaces or patio fire pits· Campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas· Smoking, unless in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is clear of flammable material· Welding or operating torches with an open flame in outdoor areas without a permit· Using internal or external combustion engines without a spark-arresting device
Under Stage 2 restrictions, cooking on gas stoves or grills still is allowed.
People found to be in violation of the restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.
Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.