As Douglas County entered a Stage 2 Fire Restriction this past week, the Highlands Ranch Community Association made the call to postpone its annual Fourth of July fireworks show for the second consecutive year.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s call to enter a stage 2 ban, which prohibits the use of personal or professional fireworks, came on the heels of a week that saw a four-acre brush fire break out in Highlands Ranch, the Lime Gulch Fire burn 500 acres in adjacent Jefferson County and a handful of other fires around the state.
“If we remain in stage 2 there will be no fireworks,” said HRCA spokeswoman Jamie Noebel. “And the chance of that changing is slim to none. Unless we get a lot of rain in the next week, it will be hard for that call to be made. I don’t see it happening.”
Even if the county shifts restrictions back to stage 1, which only prohibits the use of personal fireworks, but allows for professional shows, Noebel said the community association would have to seriously assess what the most responsible thing to do is.
“This isn’t a joke anymore,” she said. “This is very serious stuff. It’s unfortunate we have to do this, but it’s absolutely the right thing to do. We’ll set the clock back for a day again, and wait to celebrate at Oktoberfest.”
If the county reverts to stage 1 prior to the Fourth and the HRCA makes the call to go ahead with a fireworks show, Noebel said it will be posted at www.hrcaonline.org.