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Colorado Springs enacts fire ban after series of fires

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs is enacting a fire ban after a series of fires have spread quickly in hot and dry conditions, including a fatal one caused by smoking.

Under the ban taking effect Monday, smoking and grilling will be banned in parks in Colorado’s second-largest city. People grilling at home will only be able to use gas or liquid fuel, not charcoal or wood and chainsaws must have spark arresters. Welding or torching work may still be allowed but only with a permit, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said.

A woman died in a fire Thursday at a mobile home park that was blamed on “the improper disposal of smoking materials,” city spokesperson Natashia Kerr said. Eight homes were destroyed.

Under the ban, smoking materials must be disposed of in a noncombustible container with a lid.

Meanwhile, a wildfire in the foothills southwest of the city that also started Thursday has burned 2.4 square miles. The fire near the former mining town of Cripple Creek was 27% contained Monday.