DougCo officials lift fire restrictions after rain, thunderstorms

Heather Willard

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / July 28, 2022

(Douglas County, Colo.) Following thunderstorms leading to flooding across the Denver Metro area, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock rescinded the Stage 1 fire restrictions for the county issued on April 21.

The restrictions prevent residents from lighting fireworks and open burning and advise residents to use caution when grilling or performing other activities that sparks or flame.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Bernie Meier, rainfall across Douglas County — and the Denver area — has been hit or miss, with some areas receiving about 1/2 inch, others got closer to two inches. One area near Monument received nearly four inches of rain in the past week.

The rain will present short-term benefits for the area’s drought conditions, Meier said, but will likely only make a dent into the long-term conditions.

Meier said the county will likely see a continuation of rain and thunder through the end of the week, lessening over the weekend. Heading into Monday and Tuesday, an afternoon thunderstorm pattern is forecasted to take effect.

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