Fire restrictions have been lifted for unincorporated areas of El Paso and Pueblo Counties.
Recent rain and cooler temperatures have lowered the fire danger in both counties.
In a news release, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says that "The Black Forest and Waldo Canyon fires are profound examples of the dangers and risks associated with fires in the region. It is imperative everyone continue to be hyper vigilant and use extreme caution and practice safe habits when dealing with any item which could spark or cause a fire." It goes on to say that "The presence of fire fuels like underbrush, dry grass; pine needles and other foliage remain a concern."
The Sheriff's Office says it will continue to monitor fuel moisture levels, the weather, and other relevant factors to determine if new restrictions will be needed in the future.
Meanwhile, in Pueblo County, Sheriff Kirk Taylor said "The citizens are the ones who should be commended for the continued protection and safety of our community. This fire season isn't over for us but the data shows the risks are trending down and we are certainly grateful our community understood the risk and did what they could to prevent fires." He believes it was more than the threat of fines that kept the people compliant to the ban. "Nearly everyone recognized their civic responsibility to follow these restrictions and we are safe because of that."
Pueblo County residents who intend to burn yard debris are reminded to contact their local fire department for a burn permit, to never leave their burn unattended, and to call the Pueblo County Burn Line at 719-583-2876 (BURN) before they burn.