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Though fire restrictions eased, fire dangers still present

Recommendation to ease water restrictions doesn't mean no drought

Though fire restrictions eased, fire dangers still present

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Even though fire restrictions have been eased in some areas of southern Colorado, fire danger is still very real.

Fire restrictions were lifted Tuesday for unincorporated areas of El Paso and Pueblo counties.  Burn restrictions are still in effect for the city of Colorado Springs.

Sunny Smaldino, a spokesperson for CSFD, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that even though recent rains have helped, the risk for fire is always high.

"We are in a dry, arid desert and our fire danger is 365 days a year," Smaldino said.  "We don't know what we're going to get here in Colorado.  It changes every hour.  Knowing that we've had some storms shouldn't change our comfort level with our fire danger."

Recent rains have also prompted Colorado Springs Utilities to consider easing water restrictions.

At a meeting Wednesday, CSU recommended allowing people to water for three days of the week instead of two.  No decision was made at the meeting.  Colorado Springs City Council will revisit the recommendation at a meeting on July 23.

Steve Barry with Colorado Springs Utilities told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that the current water restrictions have helped the city save water, but reservoirs are still below what they should be and the city is still in an extreme drought.

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