Castle Rock cancels fireworks show, upgrades fire restrictions to Stage 2

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - The Town of Castle Rock is canceling the fireworks show it had planned for July 4 at Metzler Ranch Community Park and implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions.

Citing fire danger at high levels, record-setting fires in the state this year and current hot, dry weather forecast to continue past July 4, Fire Chief Art Morales recommended the Stage 2 restrictions and fireworks cancelation.

Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following are prohibited:

- Open burning of any kind

- Use and sale of fireworks

- Use of charcoal grills and fires in chimineas, portable fireplaces or patio fire pits

- Campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas

Castle Rock will take a zero-tolerance approach to violations of the restrictions – particularly on July 4. This means that police and fire officials will cite anyone found to be in violation.

Those found guilty of violating the restrictions can be fined up to $1,000 and/or jailed for up to 180 days.

"We place a high value on the safety of our community," Morales said. "This fire season is historic, and conditions continue to worsen. We must do everything we can as a Town and community to reduce the possibility of wildfire. Fire restrictions and cancelation of the fireworks show demonstrate our commitment to the best outcome possible for our beautiful surroundings."

Cooking on gas stoves or grills still is allowed under Stage 2 restrictions. Visit CRgov.com/firebans for a full list of prohibitions.

Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.  Local fire restriction status will continue to be updated online, CRgov.com/firebans.

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