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The Cascade and Ulm Fire Departments responded to a fire at Pelican Point Tuesday afternoon.  Fireworks were suspected to be the cause.  Firefighters worked in high temperatures to extinguish it before it could spread. Later that afternoon, it was announced that Cascade County would go on Stage One fire restrictions, effective July 7th, due to the ongoing dry spell and hot weather.  
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According to Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services, the restrictions are:
  • open burning is prohibited;
  • campfires are only allowed in developed recreation site or improved site where developed campfire rings are provided;
  • smoking permitted only within an enclosed vehicle, inside a building or in an area where at least three feet in diameter is cleared of all flammable materials;
  • campers are only allowed to cook using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels and can be turned on and off;
  • all fireworks are prohibited. All exploding targets are also considered a pyrotechnic product and are prohibited;
  • charcoal briquettes are only allowed on private property in a “backyard” barbecue located in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet.
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Burning refuse in barrels is also prohibited, according to DES.

Ray Castellanos is the Photographer/Reporter for, as well as a co-owner of, the Cascade Courier