Fire restrictions in effect; Silverton fire department waiting to decide whether to cancel fireworks show.
With no end in sight to the hot, dry weather over the San Juans, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have upgraded fire restrictions, effective Wednesday, June 20.
And Silverton Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta said Wednesday that unless we get some rain, the town’s Fourth of July fireworks show will have to be canceled.
“We won’t make a decision on the fireworks until June 30,” Archuleta said. That’s when the fire department has to start setting up equipment on Shrine Hill for the huge fireworks show.
“If there’s no moisture by the 30th, we’ll have to cancel the show,” Archuleta said.
Shortly after noon Wednesday, a small fire was reported near the Pittsburgh Mine along the railroad tracks approaching town.
The fire department responded quickly but the train crew had managed to extinguish the fire, attributed to cinders from the locomotive.
While a ban on all fires and even outdoor smoking is in effect for lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest and BLM land in southwest Colorado, in the Silverton and higher elevations Stage 1 restrictions are in effect (see chart, Page 3).
Campfires of any sort are banned from Molas Lake Campground. And Gov. Hickenlooper has also imposed statewide fire restrictions.
Meanwhile, the county commissioners are poised to pass fire restrictions next week that match the federal rules.