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“Canceled, until further notice.” Just as many towns across the drought-threatened central Rockies have done, the town of Buena Vista has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks display due to high fire danger.
In a June 18 letter to the citizens of Buena Vista, Town Administrator Phillip Puckett announced the decision based on the Stage 2 fire threat the town is under. Stage 2 restrictions prohibit any open fires within town limits as well as the use of any explosive device, including fireworks, blasting caps or incendiary devices that could ignite flammable materials.
The decision may put a crimp on Independence Day festivities, but Puckett says the restrictions won’t last forever. “When weather and fire conditions improve, we will reschedule the fireworks display.”
Stage 2 restrictions also prohibit smoking in the open, the use of welding or operation acetylene torches unless in a cleared area, and the use of internal combustion engines and chainsaws outdoors. For more information, call the Buena Vista Fire Department at 719-395-8098.