Research tracks surge in PM2.5 pollution around the Fourth of July
FRISCO — The fallout from Independence Day fireworks can cause air pollution to spike by as much as 370 percent for a few hours, scientists said this week after studying several years worth of data from more than 300 air quality monitors around the country.
FRISCO — After a year off due to drought, the Frisco fireworks display was back, better than ever. It’s always fun to try and catch new shots that really capture the essence of those exploding shells. Here’s my take … Continue reading “Morning photo: Frisco fireworks”→
Fire concerns cited as reason for zero-tolerance policy on illegal pyrotechnics
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Fireworks enthusiasts are feeling the squeeze in Breckenridge, where the town recently banned all previously permissible ground-based fireworks, including sparklers, ground spinners and small fountain and Roman candle-type fireworks.
Safety and wildfire concerns drive difficult decision
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — After serious discussion and soul-searching — not to mention some sobering input from Sheriff John Minor and local fire officials — the Frisco Town Council voted Tuesday night to cancel the traditional July 4th fireworks due to wildfire and public safety concerns.
The town may reschedule a fireworks display or create a new event sometime later in the summer, according to a press release from the town.
In a year when fuel moisture is at record low levels, it would only take one stray ember or spark to start a fire in forests or grasslands around the Reservoir.
Ordinance would enable mayor to ban in-town burning and fires by proclamation
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —On top of Stage 2 fire restrictions on National Forest lands and a statewide fire ban enacted by Gov. Hickenlooper, the Breckenridge Town Council may vote to give Mayor John Warner the power to ban fires on public and private lands within town limits.
According to police chief Shannon Haynes, the imminent threat of a destructive wildfire justifies the move. In a June 20 memo to the town council, Haynes wrote that extremely dry weather conditions are expected to persist and even worsen in the foreseeable future.
SUMMIT COUNTY —Although the two biggest wildfires currently burning in Colorado were both started by lightning, state officials want to reduce the chance of human-caused blazes by implementing a statewide ban on open fires and the private use of fireworks.
A bone-dry late winter and spring, along with well-above average temperatures several months in a row, have created dangerous fire conditions throughout much of the state. Any small fires could quickly grow out of control.
By most measures, at least three-quarters of all wildfires are started by human activities, including carelessness, escaped agricultural fires, forestry operations, sparks from off-road vehicles and even discarded cigarettes. Those statistics hold true in most other countries, as well.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A fine Independence Day ended in the Colorado high country with fireworks displays like this one, which has become a Frisco tradition. Thousands of people line vantage points along I-70, the shores of Dillon Reservoir and every other spot that might offer a view. These shots were taken from the southeast-facing Summit Voice weather deck.