Chelsea Stromber, intern for the Town of Silverton, hangs bunting on
the front of Town Hall on Monday, July 1, in preparation for the Fourth of July celebration.
Silverton’s epic Fourth of July fireworks show will go ahead as scheduled, county and fire officials said Tuesday.
“The fireworks are already approved unless something else happens,” said Sheriff Sue Kurtz, who is also county fire marshal. With Stage 1 fire restrictions taking effect in San Juan County today, there had been concern the fireworks show would be canceled as it was last year.
The San Juan County commissioners are planning to meet this morning to consider a countywide fire ban, and giving Kurtz the authority to cancel the fireworks if necessary.
But Kurtz said she expects the fireworks show will proceed, noting that Durango also announced Tuesday that its fireworks show will go on.
Kurtz, however, reminded the public that use of personal fireworks is not allowed in the county or town.
As usual the Sheriff’s Office is bringing in additional help for the Fourth of July crowds, with six deputies coming from La Plata County.
Kurtz said the BLM will also have six rangers deployed here and the State Patrol will rotate five troopers in the county. The Forest Service will also have three rangers on patrol.
Kurtz said federal officials, as well as the sheriff’s office, will have no tolerance for fire-ban violations.
“We’re trying to contact the people who have been out there camping before the restrictions took place,” Kurtz said.
And she urged the public to be safety conscious, and not just with fire and fireworks.
“We just need to be careful whatever we’re doing, and keep the weather and dryness in mind,” Kurtz said.
Silverton fire officials say they will water Shrine Hill both today and on the Fourth of July, prior to the fireworks show.
“We feel we comfortable that we can have a safe show,” said Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta.