CASTLE PINES, Colorado (CBS4) – Red flag warnings in Colorado are becoming more common and worrying as we near December. It is certainly of paramount importance to firefighters and event organizers planning something outdoors.
Castle Pines town is hoping to have fireworks next week, but Mother Nature could force them to cancel.
“It really brings out a lot of people,” said Hannah Button, Castle Pines communications manager, of fireworks shows. “It conveys a sense of community, a sense of awe.”
The city holds its tree lighting celebration on December 3rd. The hope is that fireworks will add some extra sparkle to the event.
“Usually, winter may be a safer time to do something like fireworks,” Button said.
However, this may not be the case this year due to the extreme conditions and lack of snow.
“It’s about safety and about the weather,” said Connor Christian, public information officer at South Metro Fire Rescue.
South Metro Fire Rescue is working with Castle Pines as well as fireworks company Christian to see if the show can continue. The fire department has given clearance for the event as the fireworks would take off from the driving range on the Ridge Golf Course, which the fire department says is an ideal location.
“This is great news because the lawn is mowed very briefly and the vegetation around it is watered and softened so that there are no hazards in the vicinity,” explains Christian.
However, if the Douglas County Sheriff puts a fire ban, the wind is too strong, or the fire department thinks it’s too dangerous on the day of the incident, only the twinkling lights on the tree will twinkle in Castle Pines that night.
“We want to make sure that in everything we do, we follow all the necessary rules to make sure it’s safe,” Button told CBS4. “If it’s not certain, we won’t go ahead with the fireworks.”
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