The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has extended a prohibition on firework use in unincorporated Garfield County to cover the period through July 5 due to severe drought conditions in western Colorado. The county already has in place a one-year prohibition that began on April 5, 2021, but the dates of May 31 through July 5 are exempt because of a state law that requires counties to show “competent evidence of high fire danger” to prohibit firework use during this time. The law was designed to give counties flexibility to allow residents to ignite legal fireworks around Independence Day
Garfield County has contracted with local businesses on an Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) to help mitigate potential impacts, such as mudslides or flash flooding, in areas affected by the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires last summer. The Pine Gulch Fire, which was located north of Grand Junction, consumed more than 139,000 acres, many of which were in western Garfield County. The Grizzly Creek Fire burned more than 32,600 acres in and around Glenwood Canyon. The EWPP team, which consists of engineers from SGM, staff from Kuersten Construction, Garfield County Emergency Operations Commander Chris Bornholdt, and Garfield County Construction
Fire managers from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are hoping conditions will be ideal in the upcoming weeks to complete several prescribed fires on federal land in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Pitkin counties. Burns are planned for the Cherry Creek area 10 miles north of Silt, and another in West Divide 17 miles south of Silt.