And if you are coming anywhere near Colorado, please read below. If fact, I would suggest following these instructions anywhere in the west this year, as we are in for some tough times.
Our house has been covered with soot, ash, and smoke for over a month. We are 7 miles north of the Hayman fire, 1 mile south of the Black Mtn Fire, and 6 miles East of the Snaking fire. It has not been a very enjoyable summer here so far. More info here:
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Here's what the govenor has to say:
E X E C U T I V E O R D E R
Declaring a Statewide Ban on Open Burning and the S ale and Use of Fireworks
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Office of the Governor of the State of Colorado, and in particular Article IV, Section 5 of the Colorado Constitution and Sections 23-30-308, 24-20-20-108, and 24-32-2100 et seq. of the Colorado Revised Statutes, I, Bill Owens, Governor of the State of Colorado.
1. Background and Need.
On June 4th, 2002, I issued Executive Order D 012 02 banning open burning on state lands. Since that time, approximately 200,000 acres have burned in the State of Colorado. Today, I issued Executive Order D 014 02, declaring a statewide disaster emergency due to the occurrence of and imminent threat of wildfires.
Additional measures are warranted to respond to this extreme risk and occurrence of wildfires caused by human activities. After thorough investigation and evaluation of the fire risk, I conclude that I must take action to minimize the serious danger to public health presented by open burning and the use of fireworks.
In response, this Executive Order bans open burning throughout the State of Colorado and bans the sale and use of all fireworks.
2. Mission and Scope.
I hereby order the following:
A. A statewide ban on open burning.
i) For purposes of this order, “open burning” is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, and the use of any fireworks.
ii) For purposes of this order, “open burning” does not include:
a) gas or charcoal grills located at private residences;
b) fireplaces within buildings;
c) professional commercial fireworks displays;
d) prescribed burning ditches for irrigate pastures and croplands.
B. A statewide ban on the sale and use of fireworks.
This Executive Order shall remain in force until modified or terminated by further executive order of the Governor.
GIVEN under my hand and the
Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this 10th
Day of June, 2002.
Thanks! Have a relaxing 4th!