Steamboat briefs: Fourth of July fireworks show cancelled due to dry heat
July 1, 2017
Due to high temperatures, dry conditions and a growing fire concern, the city of Steamboat Springs has cancelled the fireworks show scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, according to a news release from the city's public information office.
Police and fire department staff, along with fireworks officials, reviewed the plans, evaluated conditions on Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain and decided that, for the safety of participants and volunteers, along with the potential threat of wildfire, the Fourth of July fireworks show will not take place at this time. The current fire danger level is rated as moderate for the Steamboat Springs area.
"While cancelling the fireworks is never easy, I hope everyone understands why this decision had to be made," said Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart in the news release. "With a wildland fire currently burning west of Steamboat Springs and conditions showing no improvements before Tuesday, we wanted to provide as much advance notice as possible."
Outside the fireworks show, all other events associated with the Fourth of July celebration in will continue as scheduled. A comprehensive listing of Fourth of July events can be found at steamboatchamber.com/july4th.
The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association thank their sponsors, Steamboat Radio, Steamboat Pilot and Today, Steamboat Ace Hardware, Native Excavating, Wyndham Vacation Resorts and Yampa Valley Bank.
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