No fires, major arrests reported on Independence Day

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“The community at large is very cognisant of the fire conditions that exist not only in our area, but in the State of Colorado. They were respectful of the fire bans and exercised exceptional common sense in celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.”

— Lt. KC Hume, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office

Historically speaking Independence Day is not a holiday riddled with increased criminal behavior in Craig and Moffat County.

But with bans on open burning and private use of fireworks, coupled with the cancellation of the annual fireworks display, public safety officials were bracing for the worst.

However local public safety officers said Wednesday’s Fourth of July celebration was even more quiet than most.

And quiet is good, officials said. It proved that despite having a ban on fireworks and open burning, local residents were able to celebrate the holiday “in style.”

From the city’s perspective, Craig Police Department officers responded to 22 calls for service, including three reports of illegal fireworks, and made just two arrests.

“I would like to thank the community for all of their efforts to abide by all of the no fireworks and no burning bans,” said Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta. “Right now the environment is extremely flammable and I appreciate everyone holding off on their celebrations until it is more appropriate.”

Lt. KC Hume, of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, said activity out of his agency’s office mirrored that of the police department.

“We don’t tend to see an increase in calls for service overall (on Independence Day), he said. “But it was pretty quiet around here all day.”

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 12 calls for service Wednesday and made one arrest.

In addition, neither the Sheriff’s office nor Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded Wednesday to any confirmed fires.

“The community at large is very cognisant of the fire conditions that exist not only in our area, but in the State of Colorado,” Hume said. “They were respectful of the fire bans and exercised exceptional common sense in celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.”

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