Vail Daily letter: A different Fourth
Vail, CO, Colorado
I greatly appreciate the high level of cooperation shown by the public in respect to the current fire restrictions in western Colorado. Your support in respecting the prohibitions on fires, smoking and fireworks has helped limit the damage done by wildfires and allowed firefighters to focus on the lightning-caused fires we are currently fighting. I sincerely hope the public will continue to help us out by observing these restrictions.
July 4 is a day of celebration, a day of picnics, music and traditionally fireworks. Just like camping and campfires go together, fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating the Fourth of July. In almost any other year, I would agree.
By now I hope everyone is aware that this year is unlike any other July.
There are wildfires burning in many locations across the West, especially here in Colorado.
Because of the extreme fire danger and the intensity of fire behavior, officials at all levels of government (local, county, state and federal) have enacted fire restrictions that prohibit open fires including the use of charcoal grills, smoking accept in enclosed areas and the use of fireworks by individuals.
Many communities have chosen to cancel their fireworks shows because of the concern for starting a fire.
Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. Have a picnic with family and friends, attend a community concert or other celebration, or watch one of the many concerts on television.
While celebrating the day, take a moment to think about the thousands of men and women working hard to fight the many wildfires currently burning across the West.
Forest Supervisor, White River National Forest
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