Council Will Discuss Fire Ban Ordinance at Special Meeting Monday

Salida City Council will consider an emergency ordinance banning the sale and use of fireworks and outdoor flames and burning in the city limits during a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, June 25 in council chambers.

“Fire Danger in the valley floor is extreme,” Interim Salida Fire Chief Doug Bess said Friday. Simple actions are starting fires, he said, referencing the Spike Buck fire June 20.

The Spike Buck fire, numerous fires throughout the state and extremely dry conditions prompted the City to draft an ordinance.

Salida Mayor Don Stephens said, “It’s time for municipalities to take the initiative to ban fireworks and fireworks stands within city limits.” Poncha Springs trustees will discuss an ordinance prohibiting or restricting the sale and use of fireworks Monday during their regular board meeting.

If the ordinance passes Monday, the July 4th fireworks show in downtown Salida will be postponed. City staff are seeking opportunities to expand the July 4th Celebration in Riverside Park as well as provide a community fireworks show at a later date.

If passed, the ordinance will ban the sale and use of all fireworks and any outdoor flame or fire. A zero tolerance policy for violating the ordinance will be in effect. The ordinance will be published in full in the Mountain Mail pending councilmen’s approval and is available on the City’s website – www.cityofsalida.com.

The City of Salida is supporting a fundraising effort for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which will help people affected by disasters like the Springer and High Park Fires. Donation cans will be set up at City Hall, the Salida Fire Department, and Salida Hot Springs Pool June 26 through July 25. If your business is interested in hosting a donation can, please contact Audrey Gilpin at 530-2630 or Laurie Todesco at 539-2212.

For the special meeting agenda and draft ordinance, click here: Agenda