Steamboat Springs approves Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen |

Steamboat Springs approves Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen

Fire restrictions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider Tuesday adopting Stage 1 fire restrictions, which would prohibit building fires except in designated recreation sites, among other things.

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said that officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are aiming to have Stage 1 restrictions in place at about the same time.

Municipalities are likely to follow suit.

— Barring a red flag warning or a significant wildfire that pulls firefighters away from the city Thursday, Steamboat Springs will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen Hill.

Public Safety Director Joel Rae said the show was approved Thursday by Fire Chief Mel Stewart after he and other city officials weighed the fire danger and deemed the show safely can go on.

“Obviously, this didn’t go without a lot of thought and consideration,” Rae said. “The bottom line is even though conditions are dry, Howelsen and Emerald are green. I support Chief Stewart on the decision and am looking forward to a good, safe show.”

Steamboat’s fireworks show, deemed one of the top in the state, was questionable earlier this week as fire danger in the area worsened without rain and several cities on the Front Range and the eastern plains canceled their shows because of conditions.

Rae said 22 of the city’s 24 shift firefighters will be on duty on the holiday and during the fireworks show.

Firefighting resources will be posted strategically around Howelsen during the fireworks, and Rae said an area at least 1 mile in radius around the launch sites will be monitored for any potential hot spots days after the last fireworks go off.

Other precautions include mowing and watering around the launch site.

The show was canceled last year because of fire danger and replaced by a Beatles cover band.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email

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