Dry weather forces fire restrictions ahead of July 4. Personal fireworks prohibited.

It’s news the Town knows residents won’t like, but in Castle Rock, safety is always first.

It may be cooler today, but due to hot weather and a lack of rain – both recently and in the forecast – the Town of Castle Rock is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions. That includes restrictions on personal fireworks. Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales implemented those restrictions this week.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:

•Open burning of any kind

•Use of fireworks (Note that Town Code states personal fireworks are only allowed on July 4. Stay tuned to CRgov.com/FireBans for the most current fire restrictions.)

Activities that are allowed include:

•Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only

•Professional fireworks displays permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.

•Fire suppression or fire department training fires

•Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age

•Professional fireworks displays (get details on the Town’s planned professional display at CRgov.com/Fireworks)

People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.

The Town will continue to monitor conditions. Stay tuned to CRgov.com/FireBans for current information. Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

This article originated from http://www.crgov.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1252

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