Town of Dillon posts fire ban and cancels July 8 fireworks show |

Town of Dillon posts fire ban and cancels July 8 fireworks show

In light of elevated fire danger in Summit County and still burning wildfires including the Peak 2 and Gutzler Fire, the town of Dillon is introducing a fire ban effective noon Thursday, July 6 and canceling the fireworks show scheduled for Saturday, July 8.

In accordance with Sec. 7-9-10. – Emergency fire bans, Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous has authorized an emergency fire ban on open fires to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the town. Open fire means any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires, fires contained within grills fueled by wood or charcoal, fireworks, smoking or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wildlands, trash, and debris.

The following fires shall be exempt from any ban imposed under this Section:
(1) Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves or chimineas.
(2) Fires in fireplaces or stoves within buildings.
(3) Pre-approved public fireworks displays.
(4) Fires authorized by a Fire Protection District, United States Forest Service or the Summit County Environmental Health Department pursuant to a properly issued burn permit or equivalent U.S. Forest Service administrative approval.

“While pre-approved public fireworks are permissible under the ban, we take our lead from the local Fire Authority and are sensitive to the threat of wildfire to our community,” said Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous in a statement. “We will have a zero tolerance policy for violations including cigarettes thrown from moving vehicles. We hope to receive the voluntary cooperation of our residents and guests.”

Jeff Berino. who serves both as Lake Dillon Fire chief and pyro-technician for community fireworks displays, issued the following statement in regards to the fireworks. “With the current spike in wildfire danger and the Stage 1 Burn Ban, I have to put on my fire chief hat and cancel the pyro display for Dillon this Saturday. While it is a safe firing site, it is important to stand in solidarity against the threat of wildfire to our community.”

The Saturday night concert with Grammy Award Winner and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Dr. John inductee will continue as planned at 7 p.m. at the Dillon Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 8.

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