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Pine Forest under High Fire Danger Status

Weather conditions in our city and county are similar to those of 2012 and 2013 which saw many homes destroyed in Colorado by the likes of the Waldo Canyon fire and the Black Forest fire. This year Pueblo County has recently experienced several fires resulting in the loss of numerous structures and thousands of acres of grass and river bottom land. The Barnett Fire just east of Pueblo destroyed 5 homes in April, and both the Carson-Midway & 117 Fires recently destroyed multiple homes. Several major fires are expanding in our region.

Long term weather predictions are forecasting above-average temperatures while our region is in a moderate-to-extreme drought. The recent scattered rainfall has done little to change long-term fire conditions as winds also persist.

No open or recreational burning shall be conducted by any person within the city limits.
This restriction extends to all forms of open flame including, but not limited to: recreational & portable fire pits, ‘Tiki’ torches, and all fireworks. Outdoor smoking is permitted only in areas cleared of combustible materials.

He left it by the roadside and trudged through the village. There were shops half opened in the main street of the place, and people crowded on the pavement and in the doorways and windows, staring astonished at this extraordinary procession of fugitives that was beginning. He succeeded in getting some food at an inn.

For a time he remained in Edgware not knowing what next to do. The flying people increased in number. Many of them, like my brother, seemed inclined to loiter in the place. There was no fresh news of the invaders from Mars.

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  • At that time the road was crowded,
  • but as yet far from congested.
  • Most of the fugitives at that hour were mounted on cycles,
  • but there were soon motor cars, hansom cabs, and carriages hurrying along, but there were soon motor cars, hansom cabs, and carriages hurrying
  • and the dust hung in heavy clouds along the road to St. Albans, but there were soon motor cars, hansom cabs, and carriages hurrying
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It was perhaps a vague idea of making his way to Chelmsford, where some friends of his lived, that at last induced my brother to strike into a quiet lane running eastward. Presently he came upon a stile, and, crossing it, followed a footpath northeastward. He passed near several farmhouses and some little places whose names he did not learn. He saw few fugitives until, in a grass lane towards High Barnet, he happened upon two ladies who became his fellow travellers. He came upon them just in time to save them.

He heard their screams, and, hurrying round the corner, saw a couple of men struggling to drag them out of the little pony-chaise in which they had been driving, while a third with difficulty held the frightened pony’s head. One of the ladies, a short woman dressed in white, was simply screaming; the other, a dark, slender figure, slashed at the man who gripped her arm with a whip she held in her disengaged hand.

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My brother immediately grasped the situation, shouted, and hurried towards the struggle. One of the men desisted and turned towards him, and my brother, realising from his antagonist’s face that a fight was unavoidable, and being an expert boxer, went into him forthwith and sent him down against the wheel of the chaise.

It was no time for pugilistic chivalry and my brother laid him quiet with a kick, and gripped the collar of the man who pulled at the slender lady’s arm. He heard the clatter of hoofs, the whip stung across his face, a third antagonist struck him between the eyes, and the man he held wrenched himself free and made off down the lane in the direction from which he had come.

Partly stunned, he found himself facing the man who had held the horse’s head, and became aware of the chaise receding from him down the lane, swaying from side to side, and with the women in it looking back. The man before him, a burly rough, tried to close, and he stopped him with a blow in the face. Then, realising that he was deserted, he dodged round and made off down the lane after the chaise, with the sturdy man close behind him, and the fugitive, who had turned now, following remotely.

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