Fort Collins sets new curfew for outdoor fire pits
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Fort Collins City Council approved a new curfew in an effort to stop bothersome smoke from residential outdoor wood burning.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the council on Tuesday unanimously approved a 10 p.m. curfew and 25-foot (about 8 meters) setback from neighboring properties.
The ordinance also brings a heavy education component, retains the ability to issue citations, and includes data collection for potential future action.
The new rules still need to pass on a second council reading before they are approved.
Council member Ross Cunniff cited concerns about smoke prohibiting the opening of windows on hot summer nights, delaying bedtime for youngsters. He modeled his proposed solutions after city noise ordinances.
City officials say enforcement will likely be handled by the city’s environmental services department.
Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com