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Fire danger high for Fourth

Dear Editor:

Even though officials in the Roaring Fork Valley have collectively chosen not to enact tighter fire restrictions over this Fourth of July weekend, be aware that the conditions remain extremely dry with high fire danger.

Please remain vigilant when using charcoal grills or any type of open-flame appliances outdoors. Discard smoking materials properly, and please refrain from throwing cigarettes from your car window.

The high-wind “red flag” warnings are being posted almost daily in Snowmass Village, which signifies that conditions are ideal for a wildfire to start and that rapid propagation can be expected. We all need to be extra careful. Please report any suspicious smoke or activity immediately by dialing 911.

Personal fireworks should not be used in Snowmass Village. A good rule to follow is that any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in the state of Colorado.

If you have any questions concerning fireworks or wildfire preparedness or would like to schedule a free home fire inspection, please contact us at the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District at 970-923-2212.

John T. Mele

Fire marshal


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