Ouray fireworks cancelled
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Plaindealer Staff Report
On Wednesday morning, the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department announced that the Fourth of July fireworks have been canceled.
After much research, consultation and consideration, fire chief Trevor Latta and his team "regretfully" decided to cancel the fireworks display for Thursday's festivities.
In a statement provided by OVFD, Latta and his team said they understand the importance of the fireworks displace for both Ouray and its local merchants and made every possible effort to execute a safe show this year. However, given the weather conditions and surrounding wildfires in the area, the fire department feels that potential risks to Ouray and its citizens outweigh any benefits.
The fire department thanks everyone for their understanding and support of the department and encourages everyone to still enjoy the many activities Ouray has to offer this Independence Day.
At the time of announcement, the Ouray County Plaindealer had already gone to the press.
Ouray County is still under a Stage 1 fire restriction. The use and sale of all fireworks is banned in the City of Ouray. Fireworks will be confiscated and individuals in violation of the ban may be fined. Campfires in designated campgrounds, enclosed fires on private properties, and cooking on charcoal and propane grills or liquid fuel stoves are still allowed.