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In Southwest, Colorado stands out for fire restrictions and bans

Published: July 5, 2013, 5:31 pm, by jbyrnes

By Jesse Byrnes  |  jesse.byrnes@gazette.com

When it comes to fire restrictions and bans, Colorado stands out.

In the last few months, while Colorado and other Southwestern states such as Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have received attention for fire restrictions, only Colorado has seen much for fire bans, according to search data from Google.

Google Fire Bans

Google screenshot of Southwestern states receiving attention for “fire restrictions.”

Colorado Springs, El Paso County and neighboring counties all have slightly different criteria for fire restrictions and bans, but as a whole the state has seen the most attention for fire bans.

Google Fire Bans.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Professional

Colorado alone sees attention for “fire bans,” per Google.

Last week I wrote about how the Colorado Springs Fire Department tests several types of foliage at two locations on both ends of  the city to determine fire danger, resulting in either burn restrictions or bans.

The fire department normally tests foliage every other week between April and October, but with higher temperatures and lower amounts of precipitation, it has become a weekly occurrence.

Earlier this week, after increased rain and humidity as well as lower temperatures, the city removed a ban on some fireworks displays for July 4, most notably the fireworks show in Memorial Park.


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