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03-October-2019Mr. Mayor and Members of City Council,Because of the current and expected dry weather patterns predicted by the National Weather Service, and to remain consistent with actions occurring with our regional partners, that include El Paso County and United States Forest Service (Pike National Forest), I am ordering Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the City of Manitou Springs, effective immediately. The current order for Stage 1 Fire Restrictions includes the following:1. Open Burning Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any outside fire, including campfires and warming fires.This current ban excludes fires in permanently constructed fire rings within the city’s RV and Camping Parks; and charcoal grills, and wood burning fireplaces, (chiminia) or fire pits with proper fitting screen covers and with a minimum of 15’ separation from structures or other combustible material at private residences. None of these exclusions permit a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter, and all must have a flame height of less than 2 feet.2. Outdoor Smoking Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any tobacco product or similar material in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes outdoors. This excludes smoking in enclosed buildings or structures, and along Manitou Avenue. Discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco products is strictly prohibited. These restrictions do not apply to gas-fueled grills used out-of-doors, or to fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves. Additionally, compliant fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within private residences are not included.As always, restrictions will be adjusted accordingly as fire danger and predicted weather conditions change. Respectfully Submitted, John K. Forsett, Fire Chief, City of Manitou Springs