Letter: Community should rethink fireworks display
June 22, 2012
To the editor:
I was reading the article written on krai.com about Tuesday’s fire west of Craig.
At the end of the article was this sentence about a Fourth of July fireworks show: “If wildfires are burning in the area, using up (Bureau of Land Management) and (Moffat County Sheriff’s Office) firefighting resources in Moffat County, Craig (Fire/Rescue) Chief Bill Johnston (said) their show will also be cancelled.”
As a concerned citizen, I question the wisdom of spending a firefighting budget on fireworks in the beginning of July, when we potentially have one to three more months of fire danger.
I am as big a fan as anyone of the fireworks show in Craig in July.
But, I don’t feel the firefighting resources this city has should be used so early in the fire season to purchase something that lights fires every year anyway.
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I would request city officials and Moffat County Commission spend some time considering the importance of this fireworks show and whether we really need to have it in July this year.
If they feel like having a fireworks show is necessary, then why don’t they postpone it until perhaps Labor Day weekend in September, or even later in the year?
That would ensure that we still have the resources available, and hopefully by then the fire danger would be much lower.
Rachel Van Tassel