With tinderbox-dry conditions throughout the Colorado high country, the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District announced Friday that it was canceling its July 4 fireworks display.
Lee Bruchez of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District said the extreme fire danger in the area combined with the countywide State II fire restrictions prompted the decision.
"We looked at the forecast and there is no rain forecast through next week to improve the dry conditions and allow the show to happen," said Bruchez.
Although the nighttime fireworks display is canceled, the July 4 Bike Parade will proceed as planned.
Families will gather at 8:15 a.m. at Brush Creek Park for the ride to Eagle Town Park. Once they arrive at town park, kids and adults can enjoy lots of fun, games and treats culminating with a spray down courtesy of the fire department trucks.
There is no charge to participate in any of the bike parade activities and all are welcome to enjoy the fun.
Last week the town of Eagle and the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District sent out a community announcement emphasizing local compliance with Gov. John Hickenlooper's Executive Order (D 2012-015) banning open burning and fireworks throughout Colorado.
The order makes it illegal to set off fireworks of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to; novelty items such as sparklers, pop rocks, smoke bombs and more.
In Eagle, it is a Class A municipal offense to discharge any type of fireworks or novelty fireworks.
Due to high temperatures and extremely dry conditions, the fire danger is high in most of Colorado and open burning is prohibited in all counties in the state.
In the town of Eagle, open burning includes any open fire, fire rings, fire pits or chimineas.
Open burning does not include fires in:
• Liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves
• Fireplaces contained within buildings
• Charcoal grills at private residences
• Commercial, professional and municipal fireworks displays
Additional information about Eagle's Fireworks Ordinance can be found at www.townofeagle.org. For other restrictions or related questions, contact your local fire department.
Please watch for new fire regulations as conditions change here in Eagle, Eagle County and throughout the state of Colorado.