With Fourth of July celebrations nearing, Vail Fire and Emergency Services and the Town of Vail are asking everyone to be aware that there are a number of important safety considerations that must be followed. Within the Town of Vail as well as on BLM lands and on the White River National Forest, the use of personal fireworks is strictly prohibited.
Personal fireworks can generally be defined as any pyrotechnic device that requires an open flame to ignite and that issues a report, leaves the ground or explodes producing sparks or similar visual effect. The use or possession of fireworks may result in a summons that requires a mandatory court appearance.
The use of sparklers is discouraged and may be prohibited if they create a hazard or nuisance.
Bonfires and open campfires are also prohibited. Outdoor fires are only allowed in approved commercial portable fire appliances that are equipped with spark screens. The use of portable outdoor fireplaces is not permitted in short-term rental occupancies in Vail or when the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Weather Warning.
Vail’s 10-minute public fireworks display is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and is dependent on a variety of site-specific safety considerations assessed by local fire officials. Check www.vailgov.com, www.vailamericadays.com and local media outlets for status updates, including cancellation or other modifications The fireworks are best viewed from the valley floor. Do not attempt to hike up Vail Mountain to view the fireworks.
Questions about open fires and personal fireworks should be directed to Vail Fire and Emergency Services at 970-479-2250. If you live in or are visiting other areas of Eagle County, check with your local fire department for regulations. Please be vigilant and call 9-1-1 if you see smoke or something out of the ordinary. For updates, on fire restrictions, visit www.eaglecounty.us/Emergency/Fire_Restriction_Information/