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Fire danger sheriff’s priority

As we near the Fourth of July holiday, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and your local volunteer fire departments wish to remind the citizens and visitors of the extreme fire danger in Pitkin County.

The burn ban that continues to be in effect will be strictly enforced. The burn ban includes the possession, use or sale of fireworks. Fireworks means any device or substance designed to produce a visual or auditory sensation by combustion or explosion. The ban includes sparklers, common firecrackers and any device that creates heat, smoke, sparks or flame.

The extreme fire risk to public safety has been designated a priority by the sheriff, and extra patrol has been assigned to deputies to enforce the burn ban. The range of prosecution, depending on circumstances, may go from a petty offense for possession of fireworks to felony criminal negligence and arson from the result of starting a fire.

The existing fire danger in Colorado can’t be overstated and we ask everyone for their cooperation and participation in fire safety and prevention.

Please call the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office if you have any questions or concerns, at 920-5300. Please call 911 if you have a fire emergency.

Tom Grady

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