Colfax County bans fireworks

At the urging of Colfax County Fire Marshal Larry Osborn, the Colfax County Commission has issued a county-wide ban on the sale and use of certain fireworks in unincorporated  parts of the county.

A resolution signed Wednesday (June 13) states “extreme or severe drought conditions within Colfax County” mean “the danger of range, brush, grass, forest and structure fires is extremely high” and “current fire conditions such as low humidity, weather and fuel content make fire [an] immediate and potentially disastrous possibility.”

The ban states the following:

  1. The sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices are banned within the affected drought area which shall include all unincorporated portions of Colfax County.
  2. The use of fireworks not banned listed above is limited to areas that are paved or barren and that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the homeowner or the general public.
  3. The use of all fireworks within the wild lands of Colfax County are banned, after consultation with the State Forester.
  4. Display fireworks may be banned or restricted if current conditions persist.
  5. The ban is in effect for 30 days from June 13, on, but may be reissued if extreme or severe drought conditions warrant. It may also may be modified or rescinded within 30 days if weather conditions improve.