Fireworks are set off July 4, 2011, in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Fireworks are set off July 4, 2011, in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs approves Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen


Fire restrictions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider Tuesday adopting Stage 1 fire restrictions, which would prohibit building fires except in designated recreation sites, among other things.

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said that officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are aiming to have Stage 1 restrictions in place at about the same time.

Municipalities are likely to follow suit.

— Barring a red flag warning or a significant wildfire that pulls firefighters away from the city Thursday, Steamboat Springs will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen Hill.

Public Safety Director Joel Rae said the show was approved Thursday by Fire Chief Mel Stewart after he and other city officials weighed the fire danger and deemed the show safely can go on.

“Obviously, this didn't go without a lot of thought and consideration,” Rae said. “The bottom line is even though conditions are dry, Howelsen and Emerald are green. I support Chief Stewart on the decision and am looking forward to a good, safe show.”

Steamboat's fireworks show, deemed one of the top in the state, was questionable earlier this week as fire danger in the area worsened without rain and several cities on the Front Range and the eastern plains canceled their shows because of conditions.

Rae said 22 of the city's 24 shift firefighters will be on duty on the holiday and during the fireworks show.

Firefighting resources will be posted strategically around Howelsen during the fireworks, and Rae said an area at least 1 mile in radius around the launch sites will be monitored for any potential hot spots days after the last fireworks go off.

Other precautions include mowing and watering around the launch site.

The show was canceled last year because of fire danger and replaced by a Beatles cover band.

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Bret Marx 3 years, 9 months ago

...and once again the almighty dollar wins! So let's waste city resources(mowing the firework launch areas, city workers time, firefighters time, WATER out of the river to water down the tall, green wet grass, that will now be dead and short and lying on the ground) and light off some fireworks. Guess 12 wildfires burning in Colorado and the biggest, most destructive one in history out just a week or so ago is good reason to start another. And you thought city officials couldn't make anymore bad decisions! Guess noone read "Weatherman pitching a shut out against measurable June moisture in Steamboat". For those of you who don't understand that, that means there has been NO RAIN, the entire month of June and that will make third known time since 1893. That means it's dry here! Hey if Mother Nature won't start a fire in your back yard,the City of Steamboat Springs will!


walt jones 3 years, 9 months ago

All I can say is "genius" anything else will be a TOS violation.


Bret Marx 3 years, 9 months ago

The fire danger sign at the mtn. Fire station today read "very high". Let's blow off some fireworks! County prepares to enact stage 1 fire ban. Let's blow off some fireworks! 19 firefighters die in AZ from a wildfire. Let's blow off some fireworks! See what I'm getting at here?


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