Du­rango can­cels fire­works show

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

The on­go­ing Lightner Creek fire and con­tin­u­ing “ex­treme fire con­di­tions” has forced Du­rango to post­pone its Fourth of July fire­works dis­play.

City of­fi­cials, fire­fight­ers and po­lice met Fri­day and de­cided to push back the city-spon­sored fire­works dis­play to a later, safer date.

“With this go­ing on, we are not go­ing to take any chances with fire­works,” said Scot Davis, a Du­rango Fire Res­cue spokesman.

All other city-spon­sored July 4 events, in­clud­ing the pa­rade, a break­fast, pic­nic lunch, 5K run and free con­cert, will go on as sched­uled. “We have re­ceived the fire­works, so we will look to put on a show at a date to be de­ter­mined later this year, or early next year,” the city an­nounced Fri­day. “We apol­o­gize for any in­con­ve­nience but we feel that a proac­tive de­ci­sion is pru­dent.”

The Lightner Creek fire started June 28 in a struc­ture on pri­vate land and quickly spread, burn­ing through pri­vate, state and fed­eral land. The fire on Fri­day was es­ti­mated at 362 acres and was 20 per­cent con­tained.

The Rocky Moun­tain In­ci­dent Man­age­ment Team Black took com­mand of the fire Fri­day.

La Plata County Roads 206, 207 and 208 re­main closed Fri­day, as did all recre­ation trails in the “Test Tracks” area west of down­town Du­rango in­clud­ing: Hogs­back, Ley­den and Hid­den Val­ley trails.

The weather fore­cast calls for sunny to mostly sunny skies, with high tem­per­a­ture in the mid-80s and no pre­cip­i­ta­tion un­til thun­der­storms next Fri­day.

“Wild­fire be­hav­ior is largely con­tin­gent upon weather and fuel con­di­tions. The po­ten­tial for fire ac­tiv­ity re­mains high,” fire of­fi­cials warned.

“The pub­lic is re­minded to be cau­tious with all com­bustible ma­te­ri­als to pre­vent un­wanted, hu­man­caused fires.”

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