Fire chief to make call on fireworks show next week |

Fire chief to make call on fireworks show next week

Fireworks are set off July 4, 2011, in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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— Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart will decide next week whether or not fire conditions are favorable enough for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show to go on as planned.

Stewart said Thursday the outlook for the show has looked favorable, but he’s waiting to see what the weather does next week before making the final call on Wednesday.

No fire restrictions are currently in place.

But some recent hot and dry days as well as an upgrade of fire danger in Routt County to “high” earlier this week have given fire officials some pause.

“Fingers crossed we’ll get some rain today,” Stewart said.

City parks workers have been mowing grass at the firework launch sites, and the conditions at those sites are being monitored.

The city has only had to cancel the show twice in the last 14 years due to dry conditions.

The show was not held in 2002 and 2012.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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