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Town Cancels Fireworks Show to Help in the Prevention of Fires
Posted on Jun 27th, 2012

Wildfires get closer to home; Town canceling fireworks and ramping up enforcement
                         
Wildfires continue to be a force to contend with in Colorado this spring and summer.

The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs has brought that reality closer to home, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office today issued a pre-evacuation warning for residents of southwestern Douglas County.

Due to the extreme fire conditions in the area, the Town of Castle Rock is canceling the fireworks show it had planned for July 4 at Metzler Ranch Community Park.

“We’re being proactive,” Fire Chief Art Morales said regarding the cancelation. “We’ve heard the community and share their concerns.”

In addition, the Town will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to violations of the Stage 2 fire restrictions currently in place – particularly on July 4.

This means that police and fire officials will cite anyone found to be in violation of the restrictions, which prohibit the use of all fireworks, as well as of fire pits and charcoal grills, among other items. Visit CRgov.com/firebans for a full list of prohibitions.

Those found guilty of violating the restrictions can be fined up to $1,000 and/or jailed for up to 180 days.

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is working closely with the other fire agencies in the County to monitor the Waldo Canyon Fire, which is about 27 miles south of Castle Rock. A five-engine firefighting team with members from fire agencies throughout the County is being stationed at the southern end of the County and will aggressively respond to any fire advance.

Castle Rock is not currently at great risk of being affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. The pre-evacuation in Douglas County is for the area bounded by Palmer Divide Road on the south; Noe Road on the north; Spruce Mountain on the east; and Rampart Range Road on the west. Pre-evacuation means residents should make preparations to evacuate, identify multiple evacuation routes and remain vigilant for evacuation communications and changing fire conditions.

The Douglas County Fairgrounds will be open to Douglas County evacuees, including large animals, should an evacuation become necessary, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Check DCSheriff.net for the latest information regarding Douglas County and local news channels for the latest fire updates.

The Town has offered its support to the City of Colorado Springs in response to the fire. The latest updates regarding Colorado Springs are available at SpringsGov.com.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has asked the public to refrain from calling 911 unless there is an actual emergency. Residents should not call to report sightings of smoke – only flames or fire.

Many are wondering how they can help those affected by the fires in El Paso County and statewide. Local and national organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Red Cross, are accepting donations.

Financial donations are the best way to help, the organizations say. Be sure to properly vet any organization to which you are making a financial donation. Donate to the Red Cross at ColoradoRedCross.org or 719-632-3563.

A final reminder that residents should avoid the area of the fire if at all possible.