Area fireworks displays still scheduled |

Area fireworks displays still scheduled

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Holiday fireworks displays are a go. At least, for licensed pyrotechnicians.

Area fire chiefs met Thursday and came to the same conclusion: Commercial displays done by professionals tend to reduce the desire of individuals to do their own displays, observed Burning Mountains Fire Protection District Chief Brit McLin.

“We are all at this point approving the professional or licensed pyrotechnicians,” McLin said.

Assuming they have the appropriate permits and insurance.

“And we are, I’m sure, going to evaluate on the day of,” he said, adding that if there’s a significant fire, event displays could be called off anyway.

“The (Garfield County Sheriff’s Office) has indicated that they will be enforcing fireworks restrictions as well as the local police departments,” McLin said.

Colorado has its own statewide restrictions, and different municipalities can add additional restrictions.

“Anything that leaves the ground or goes bang is illegal,” McLin said.

Glenwood Springs decided to hold its display at the park by the Community Center instead of at Two Rivers Park. Rifle is planning a display between Rifle High School and Park Avenue. The Talbott’s fireworks display is planned to go off near Apple Tree Park in New Castle.

Dry conditions and the recent New Castle Fire had caused concern, prompting the chiefs to meet and discuss whether or not displays in Glenwood Springs,

Carbondale, New Castle and Rifle were too much of a threat. More fires are reported across the country on July 4 than any other day of the year, and half of those are caused by fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire restrictions for what the Bureau of Land Management calls “continuing high to extreme fire hazard conditions” went into effect for the White River National Forest on June 30 and the BLM on June 23. They’ll be in effect until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued a county-wide ban on all open burning. The Garfield County ban is expected to last through Labor Day.

“With the constant fire danger in our communities, the concerns of the sheriff and fire district chiefs are that any fire in these conditions could jeopardize lives,” the ban states.

Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611

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