Fire Ban Clarification

To clarify, the City of Salida Fire Ban allows for operating a lawn mower, chainsaw, weed trimmer, leaf blower or similar gas powered device WITH AN APPROVED SPARK ARRESTOR. Interim Fire Chief Doug Bess said most devices are equipped with spark arrestors. For information on the City of Salida fire ban, please visit: http://cityofsalida.com/2012/06/fire-ban-in-effect/ ... more »

Bess Talks Fireworks & Fire Safety

By Doug Bess, Interim Salida Fire Chief As most of you are aware by now, the Salida Fire Department will not be shooting fireworks off “S” Mountain on the 4th of July.  With high temps, lack of moisture and no relief in sight, postponing the show is the right choice. With 13 wildfires currently burning in Colorado, ... more »

Emergency Preparedness

Due to current fire conditions in Colorado, the City of Salida wants to assure citizens that our emergency operations staff and those in Chaffee County are prepared for emergencies. Staff has taken federally required National Incident Management Systems courses, participated in mock emergency situations and established Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) in the county. Chaffee County has ... more »

Fire Personnel Respond to Smoke on Methodist Mountain

June 27, 2012 Salida Fire, Chaffee County Fire, and Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department personnel have responded to reports of smoke on Methodist Mountain. Interim Salida Fire Chief Doug Bess said, “At this point, nothing is confirmed. We are currently patrolling the subdivisions along Methodist Mountain. We are also working the U.S. Forest Service. They have a ... more »

What can we do to help? Make a donation!

The City of Salida is collecting donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help people affected by the many wildfires throughout the state. Donation cans are currently located at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, Salida Fire Department and City Hall. The fundraising effort ends July 25, so we ask that you please ... more »

Fire Ban In Effect

The following are banned within the City of Salida:

  • Sale and use of ALL fireworks.
  • Any outdoor flame or fire, including, but not limited to: campfires, warming fires, charcoal grills including use of constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed picnic grounds or recreation sites.
  • Fused explosives.
  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open ... more »

Mayor Addresses Fire Ban

By Don Stephens, Mayor of Salida Monday evening City Council enacted an emergency ordinance restricting any use or sales of fireworks, and any open fires within the city limits, including but not limited to charcoal fires and cigarette smoking.  Basically, anything other than propane grills are simply not to be used outdoors. Extremely dry conditions have led ... more »

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 ... more »

Minutes 06-05-2012

Minutes from the June 5 City Council Regular Meeting have been approved. Follow this link to see them: Minutes more »

In Retrospect: Haz Mat Disposal & Code Red

By Audrey Gilpin, Deputy City Clerk Salida Fire Department personnel responded to a hazardous materials spill at about 9 p.m. June 7 in the alley area of 11th and D Streets after a resident dumped a gallon of undiluted malathion, an organophosphate insecticide, in the alley. A total of 18 city employees were at the scene ... more »

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