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You can finally kick back in front of your outdoor fireplace, because Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and El Paso County have lifted burn restrictions.

But the Colorado Springs Fire Department wants to remind you of its permanent guidelines on recreational fires, which adhere to national fire code. Fires contained in an approved fire appliance (store-bought) cannot burn any fuels but wood or charcoal. Fires cannot be within 15 feet of combustibles or structures, except when on the premise of one- and two-family dwellings. If fires are not contained within a permanent fixture (incinerator, BBQ, outdoor fireplace), they:

• can't be larger than 3 feet in diameter, or higher than 2 feet;

• can't be within 25 feet of any combustible (homes, tents, trees, bushes, trash);

• can't be unattended;

• must have means to extinguish nearby (water, sand, dirt);

• can't use any fuels but wood or charcoal.

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