By Sarah Pridgeon
As the recent heavy rains have saturated most of the county, Fire Warden Gari Gill has lifted fire restrictions until further notice with the blessing of the County Commissioners. This bodes well for local July 4 celebrations, which will now include firework displays if the weather continues to be clement.
Ogden Driskill requested and was granted permission from the County Commissioners to host the traditional firework display at Devils Tower on Independence Day.
The City of Sundance has meanwhile approved Tom Bankenbush’s request to close Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets on July 3 for a firework celebration between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., with the provision that fire restrictions must still be lifted on the day.
The city also passed a resolution allowing fireworks within city limits on July 3 between noon and 11 p.m. and on July 4 from noon to midnight.
The Fire Warden warns that caution should still be exercised when burning despite the restrictions being lifted, as there is still a risk of fire even after the rain. A fire north of Hulett near Holmes Road ignited over the weekend due to a lightning strike on Thursday and burned approximately 11 acres.
Three units responded in addition to local ranchers and Deputy Fire Warden Jeff Garman. The rising humidity on Saturday evening helped with the mop up.
Fire signs will remain in place despite the fire restrictions having been lifted, says Gill. There will also be a free Fire Safety Training class on June 19 at 7 p.m. in the courthouse community room, at which members of the community are welcome to join the firefighters.