Denver bans fires in mountain parks
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DENVER (AP) - All outside fires in the city's mountain parks
have been banned because of the dry weather.
The ban applies to Denver's mountain parks in Jefferson, Clear
Creek and Douglas counties, city officials said Tuesday.
The new order replaces an earlier one that allowed camp stoves.
The Denver Mountain Parks system consists of 31 parks and 16
other parcels covering a total of 14,000 acres.
The ban includes anything that produces an open flame, burning
trash or weeds, chain saws, fireworks and smoking outside.
Fire restrictions and bans are in place across the state because
of the drought. The U.S. Forest Service has outlawed fires in the
Pike and San Isabel national forests and the Comanche and Cimarron
national grasslands.
Counties have imposed fire restrictions, as well.
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On the Net:
Colorado Department of Local Affairs:
http://www.dola.state.co.us/oem/Publ...irebans/fireba
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Rocky Mountain Area Coordinating Center:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/fire/rmacc.html

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