Firework restrictions set for southern Colo.
Posted at: 06/29/2012 6:24 PM
| Updated at: 06/29/2012 6:47 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It’s been a long week for firefighters in southern Colorado and law enforcement in La Plata County said they will be cracking down on those who violate the county’s fire restrictions.
"I think in this particular drought that we're in it's critical that we protect what land we've got and keep it from burning," said Colorado resident Mary Morris.
As fires rage through southern Colorado, Morris said, she’s thrilled the county has restrictions in place.
The last thing she wants is one small thing setting the whole county on fire.
“You think nothing of it but there's that one tiny little spark that could catch fire and go," she said.
Dan Bender — with the sheriff’s office — said deputies will be out in full force this holiday weekend.
“Our primary function as sheriff's office is public safety. And we're not looking to spoil anyone's Fourth of July celebrations but we also need to protect our community," he said.
Restrictions for La Plata County include: no open burns in the unincorporated areas, no smoking outside a vehicle or building and no open grills.
Fireworks are also banned statewide.
Morris believes a Fourth of July without fireworks is a small price to pay for a safe community.
“It’s a little bit sad but boy, I'd rather go without fireworks this year and be able to come back next year and have a beautiful forest," she said.
If you are caught lighting fireworks in La Plata county you could receive a summons which carries a fine of $300.