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Fire Ban & July 8 Fireworks

Post Date:07/06/2017 10:31 AM

July 6, 2016


Dillon, COLO. – In light of elevated fire danger in Summit County and still burning wildfires including the Peak 2 and Gutzler Fire, the Town of Dillon is introducing a fire ban effective 12:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6 and canceling the fireworks show scheduled for Saturday, July 8, 2017.
In accordance with Sec. 7-9-10. - Emergency fire bans, Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous has authorized an emergency fire ban on open fires to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Town. Open fire means any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires, fires contained within grills fueled by wood or charcoal, fireworks, smoking or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wildlands, trash, and debris. 

The following fires shall be exempt from any ban imposed under this Section:
(1) Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves or chimineas.
(2) Fires in fireplaces or stoves within buildings.
(3) Pre-approved public fireworks displays.
(4) Fires authorized by a Fire Protection District, United States Forest Service or the Summit County Environmental Health Department pursuant to a properly issued burn permit or equivalent U.S. Forest Service administrative approval.

“While pre-approved public fireworks are permissible under the ban, we take our lead from the local Fire Authority and are sensitive to the threat of wildfire to our community,” said Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous.

“We will have a zero tolerance policy for violations including cigarettes thrown from moving vehicles. We hope to receive the voluntary cooperation of our residents and guests, “said Heminghous.
Jeff Berino serves both as Lake Dillon Fire Chief and pyro-technician for community fireworks displays issued the following statement in regards to the fireworks. “With the current spike in wildfire danger and the Stage 1 Burn Ban, I have to put on my Fire Chief hat and cancel the pyro display for Dillon this Saturday. While it is a safe firing site, it is important to stand in solidarity against the threat of wildfire to our community.” 

 The Saturday Night Concert with Grammy Award Winner and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will continue as planned at 7 p.m. at the Dillon Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 8.



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The Town of Dillon at a Glance 

The Town of Dillon was incorporated Jan. 26, 1883 at the site of a trading post and stage stop. The town has moved three times: once to be closer to the railroad and a second time to be located between three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake.

The third move began in 1956 when the Denver Water Board told the townspeople they must sell their property and be out of town by 1961. The final location for the town was selected on the shore of the new reservoir, where it continues to thrive today.

The Town of Dillon is a full-service community with a year-round residential and seasonal population of 2,766. Dillon¹s beautiful location in the heart of Summit County provides an unrivaled scenic backdrop for an abundance of summer activities. Its close proximity to Summit County¹s ski areas makes it a convenient lodging choice for winter vacationers. The many condominiums and motel rooms bring the peak population to about 5,200 people. 

The Dillon Town Center is home to many Summit County businesses, dining and entertainment opportunities: Dillon Reservoir, Dillon Marina offering boat rental, kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals, sailing lessons and guided sailboat tours and a seasonal lakeside bar and grill, post office, bowling alley, movie theatre and multiple parks featuring playgrounds, community spaces, ball field and hiking and biking trails. 

The Dillon Ridge Market Place stores, on Highway 6, are a mix of local and national businesses offering groceries, a movie theater, restaurants, sporting goods and more. 

Although Dillon has retained much of its small-town charm, it¹s definitely not sleepy.   
Summer in Dillon is unrivaled for family activities, with boating in Lake Dillon, Swing and Country Dance Nights, Friday Farmers Markets and weekend concerts at the open-air Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Enjoy the vistas, fresh air and pocket parks while enjoying the more than 25 miles of paved recreation path that circles the lake.

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