Because of increased moisture the area recently, Sheriff Terry Maketa has lifted Stage I Fire Restrictions for unincorporated El Paso County, effective immediately.
Maketa says he appreciates the cooperation the citizens demonstrated during the restriction period. 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. The presence of fire fuels like underbrush, dry grass, pine needles and other foliage remain a concern.
Fire officials will continue to monitor fuels, weather and other relevant factors to determine if restrictions are needed in the future.