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Posted on: July 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Ongoing fire dangers prompt Town to implement Stage 2 fire restrictions; Town fireworks canceled

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Several fires throughout Colorado and a lack of precipitation have urged Castle Rock Fire and Rescue to increase fire restrictions to Stage 2. This means the Town’s July 4 fireworks show is also canceled.

Douglas County has also implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions and canceled Independence Day fireworks shows.

Fire restrictions are meant to protect public health, safety and welfare. Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Norris W. Croom III today implemented the Stage 2 restrictions.

Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, the sale and use of personal fireworks are not permitted. It is not legal to discharge fireworks within the Town on the Fourth of July, or any other day.

Public firework displays are also not permitted under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Those looking forward to fireworks will have the opportunity to view Douglas County’s show to open the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo on July 24, weather and fire restriction dependent. That show will blast off from the Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, the same location as Town firework shows.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Open burning of any kind
  • Use or sale of fireworks
  • Use of fires in chimineas, other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits
  • Campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas

Some activities are still allowed:

  • Cooking on gas- or liquid-fueled stoves or grills
  • Persons with permits specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission

These decisions are based on current fuel models. Windy, dry weather means fires can start and spread more easily. Additionally, fires throughout the state have resulted in significant property loss.People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.

Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

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