Fire department expecting crowds for fireworks |

Fire department expecting crowds for fireworks

Chief hopes illegal use of fireworks doesn't spoil occasion

Josh Nichols

The Craig Fire Department is expecting a big crowd for its annual fire works display tonight due to the fact that most places throughout the state have cancelled their programs.

“We’ve got a lot of people coming from out of town,” said Craig Fire Chief Roy Mason. “I’ve heard the only towns having displays are us and Meeker. It should be great.”

The show should start at about 9:45 p.m., Mason said, and the fireworks will be shot off on the hill behind Moffat County High School.

If people have a nice deck in the area of the high school, that would be the most comfortable place to watch the display, Mason said.

But if they don’t, they can watch it from the high school parking lot, lawn or practice field.

Mason warned that everyone’s enjoyment could be ruined if people ignore the fireworks ban in place this year and accidentally start a fire.

“If we get some people playing with fireworks who start a fire we would have to stop the program or maybe even completely cancel it,” he said.

Two crews are on duty tonight and one crew could handle a small fire without having to delay the show, Mason said.

But the show will have to be delayed if larger fires break and more firefighters are needed to fight them, he said.

Mason said he’s been with the fire department for 18 years and a fireworks display has been presented every year.

Every year the department conducts a prescribed burn in preparation for the annual display, but last Thursday it burned an area a little larger than normal due to the extreme fire conditions.

Additional precautionary measures taken by the department this year included collecting panoramic pictures of the area, walking the perimeters of the controlled burn zone and familiarizing themselves with potential area fuel types.

The department also worked with the Bureau of Land Management in assessing possible weather and fuel conditions prior to the

fireworks display.

Mason said the display will likely last 45 minutes to an hour.

And if 9:30 p.m. rolls around and the display hasn’t started yet, people should not get restless, Mason said.

“People just need to be patient,” Mason said. “All we’re doing is waiting for it to get dark.”

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