How is the need for fire restrictions evaluated?

Seven factors are considered when determining whether the Town should be placed under fire restrictions. These are: 1 and 2) two different evaluations of the moisture content of plant materials; 3) the current fire danger rating from the National Weather Service; 4 and 5) the resources available to fight fires and recent incidences of fires; 6) whether adverse fire conditions are predicted to continue; and 7) the local fire preparedness level as set by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group.

If specified criteria are met related to at least three of these factors, Stage 1 restrictions are considered. Once a fourth condition is met, Stage 2 restrictions are considered. Conditions are evaluated for the Town as a whole and not for certain areas, although moisture levels may vary throughout Town given how rainfall tends to occur here.

It's important to note that while the rapid downpours that are typical in summer in Castle Rock generally help increase the moisture level of grasses, they typically do not provide great amounts of moisture for larger, more flammable plant materials like scrub oak and trees. Additional factors including heat, relative humidity and wind also come into play when recommending fire restrictions.

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1. Is it legal to discharge a firearm in the active protection of livestock(chickens) against a nuisance animal (bobcat) attack?
2. What can be done to stop noise from jake brakes/compression engine brakes?
3. How is the need for fire restrictions evaluated?
4. What is the schedule of maintenance for fire hydrants in Castle Rock?
5. What is the process to request police to increase their presence in neighborhoods where speeding is prevalent?
6. Who is supposed to enforce the "No Parking at any Time" signs posted in Castlewood Ranch? Is it the Homeowners Association (HOA), Douglas County Sheriff's Office or CRPD?
7. In a residential neighborhood, is it legal to park on the opposite side of the street, going against traffic? Also, is it legal to park with two wheels on the sidewalk?
8. Is it legal for motorized dirt bikes to be driven on streets in The Meadows? It is legal for motorized vehicles/bikes to ride in the open space adjacent to Morning Glory and Waverton Ranch?
9. What are the laws around marijuana consumption outdoors on residential property? Are these laws being enforced?
10. Is it true that Castle Rock’s growth is bringing more crime?
11. Why are the firefighters on overpasses/bridges on I-25?
12. I’ve heard Pit Bulls will no longer be banned. Is that true?