Attention: This is not a current document. It is an excerpt from the Web page of the former Colorado governor, Roy Romer. It is displayed by the Colorado State Archives for its historical value.
July 2, 1998
Gov. Roy Romer today urged all Coloradans and visitors to the state to use extreme caution with camp fires, open flames and fireworks during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.
"Hot, dry weather and extremely high fire danger in many parts of Colorado, combined with so many people planning outdoor activities, increase the chances for more wild fires," Romer said. "I urge everyone to find out and follow all prohibitions and restrictions on fires and fireworks."
Currently, three fires are burning in Colorado: the Beartrack fire near Mt. Evans; the Muddy Creek Fire in Pueblo County; and the White Fire in Park County. More than 500 firefighters are working on the three blazes.
Romer has authorized Colorado National Guard personnel to provide assistance to local, state and federal agencies and personnel battling the fires. A copy of the executive order for this action is attached.
So far, fire bans or restrictions are currently in place, or will be in place for the long weekend, for these counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Lake, La Plata, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Otero, Ouray, Park, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Summit, Teller and Weld.
In addition, fire bans or restrictions have been imposed on public lands in different parts of the state. Campers, hikers, picnickers and others should check with county sheriffs or forest or park rangers for specific information on restrictions in areas they are visiting.
In addition to open fires, fireworks pose a threat. In general, Colorado law prohibits any fireworks which explode or leave the ground. Additional restrictions or prohibitions may be imposed by local governments. To significantly reduce the potential for fire and personal injury, public safety officials are encouraging people to attend one of the many public fireworks displays and avoid the private use of fireworks altogether.
Another potential fire hazard are vehicles and equipment powered by small engines; officials urge those operating motor bikes, ATVs or other small engines such as chain saws or lawn mowers to make sure that spark arresters are operating properly.
"By being careful, following the rules, and using common sense, we can all have a
safe and enjoyable holiday weekend," Romer said.
Last modified June 19, 2003