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Fire Restriction Confusion Hits Southeast Colorado

Updated: May 3, 2022

(Las Animas, CO) -- Bent County has not adopted a burn ban although that was a rumor that had to be cleared up pulsating through social media groups and texts.

Otero, Kiowa, Crowley, and Lincoln county have adopted fire restrictions. AND, Las Animas COUNTY also has. Maybe that's what started the talk but let's explain.

Each county has the ability through county commissioners, emergency manager, the Sheriff who is also the county Fire Marshall and the Fire Chief to officially call fire restrictions on the county.

As of Monday May 2nd, Bent County Sheriff Jake Six, Bent County Emergency Manager Troy Abdulla and County Commissioner Jean Sykes all confirmed to Colorado News Your Way directly that Bent County is not under stage one fire restrictions as the other counties. However, they have the ability to decide to enact stage one fire restrictions at any time if they feel that weather conditions, drought conditions and resources warrant doing so.

It's not an easy decision to make as agricultural operations are trying to get their work done for the spring. This often times demands controlled AG burns.

So about the Stage One Fire Restrictions that are in effect for Otero county.

According to ordinance recently enacted in Otero, a stage one fire restriction ordinance bans the following actions: