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uesday, July 10, 2012
Today, July 10, 2012, Sheriff Joe Pelle will amend the current fire ban by allowing open burning on the plains of Boulder County. The ban will continue to prohibit open burning in the mountains, with the exception of campfires and charcoal grills in permanent and maintained fire pits in campgrounds and on private property. The sale and use of fireworks will continue to be banned in the mountain areas of Boulder County. The new amendments to the fire ban will take effect at noon today.
Boulder city officials today announced that the annual Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast is canceled due to extremely dry conditions in and around Boulder. The fireworks show had been scheduled for Folsom Field on Wednesday, July 4.
“Public safety was our primary concern in deciding to cancel the fireworks show. Given the current fire in south Boulder, along with fires in neighboring cities and extremely dry conditions, the public safety risk to the Boulder community is significant,” said Boulder City Manager Jane S. Brautigam. “The fire marshal has been monitoring conditions around Folsom Field since early June, and our wildland fire crews have been on daily patrols to prevent wildfires. Given the dangers and Colorado’s statewide fire restrictions, it would be irresponsible to launch 4,000 fireworks over the city this year.”
Boulder Fire Marshal Dave Lowrey said firefighting crews need to remain focused on the current fire. Even if that situation improves, the lack of rain over the past month and the forecasts for continued hot, dry weather would make it very challenging for crews to quickly douse an escaped firework that landed in a dry field.
“We know it’s disappointing to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks, but it would be a real tragedy if we went forward and someone’s home caught fire as a result,” Lowrey said.
Lowrey cautioned that individuals should not set off fireworks on their own; it is illegal for individuals to possess or use fireworks within the City of Boulder.
“While it’s disappointing that conditions warrant canceling the fireworks display, public safety is the first priority,” saidLew Kingdom of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, primary sponsor of the event. “The Associates of Wright Kingdom continue to be proud sponsors of Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, and we’re looking forward to bringing back an amazing show next year.”
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been held at Folsom Field since 1941. The 2012 event was sponsored by the associates of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media sponsors included the Daily Camera, KBCO and Boulder Channel 8.
oday, the Boulder County Commissioners approved Sheriff Pelle’s recommendation to amend the current fire ban, which has been in effect since April 2, to prohibit the sale and use of all fireworks within all of unincorporated Boulder County. The new amendments to the fire ban were effective as of noon today.
All other aspects of the current ban remain in place, including the prohibition of open burning in the unincorporated mountains and foothills, including all areas west of the North Foothills Highway and Rabbit Mountain Open Space; areas north of the City of Boulder; west of Broadway Avenue through the City of Boulder; and west of the South Foothills Highway.
The decision to amend the ban was due in part to the predicted weather forecasts indicating higher than normal temperatures with lower than normal precipitation. The Fire Danger Rating continuously remains in the high to very high categories, with fire fuels continuing to dry out. As the Fourth of July holiday draws near, individuals begin to sell and use fireworks, which increase the potential for an ignition source and a large fire similar to the Hewlett Fire currently burning in Larimer County, or the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County earlier this year.
Taking into consideration that firework vendors begin hiring temporary employees and purchasing fireworks for their stands, Sheriff Pelle wanted to address these concerns sooner than later. At this time, Boulder County had only received one application from a fireworks vendor to sell fireworks this year.
The fire ban will remain in effect until the hazardous fire conditions subside.
Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense and may be subject to a $500 fine. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.
Commissioners to review burn permit policies and open fire restrictions for unincorporated Boulder County
Public invited to comment at hearing scheduled for May 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Commissioners will review recommended modifications to the county’s existing ordinance restricting open fires on “red flag” days at a public hearing on Tuesday.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that the current ordinance be repealed and replaced with an updated policy that requires permitting for non-agricultural burns and further restricts open burning where the danger of forest or grass fires is found to be high. The new ordinance will address identification of red flag warning days, notification regarding open burning, and penalties for violating statute, ordinance, and requirements of the open burn permit system or the notification system.
“A relatively new state law requires counties to develop a permit system this year, for property owners wanting to burn slash and conduct open burning,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said. “The Sheriff’s Office has been working closely with the Department of Public Health to develop a ‘one stop’ permit process which incorporates both the requirements of the state regarding air quality, and our needs regarding safety.”
Part of the plan includes educational and training materials for the individuals seeking permits. It is being developed to be administered online. These proposed new permit requirements do not apply to agricultural burning. They would primarily affect people in unincorporated Boulder County wanting to burn slash piles.
Also to be considered is the recommendation that fire restrictions go into effect under an expanded list of circumstances that contribute to high fire danger, such as during High Wind Advisories. Currently the ordinance only specifies that all open burning, including agricultural burning, be prohibited when the National Weather Service issues a “Red Flag Warning” for fire danger.
“We have found that fires continue to grow out of control on days when the county is under a High Wind Watch or Advisory, and that common sense sometimes does not prevail when deciding whether or not to burn on windy days,” added Pelle. “We wish to include those windy weather conditions under the proposed new ordinance, as times when open burning would be illegal.”
Members of the public are invited to review the draft ordinance online and provide comments in writing or in person at the hearing.
The first reading for the ordinance will be held:
When: 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 22
What: Public hearing on an ordinance establishing an open burn permit system, notification process of open burns, and restrictions during red flag days, high wind watch days and high wind warning days
Where: Boulder County Courthouse, 3rd Floor, Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder
The hearing can be viewed online at: www.bouldercounty.org/stream.
On a related note, the Sheriff’s Office will be presenting an amendment to the fire ban currently in effect for the mountain areas of Boulder County at the Commissioners’ next business meeting. The proposed amendment will include a provision to extend the ban on the sale and use of fireworks to all of unincorporated Boulder County. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed changes at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 22 in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.
Sheriff Pelle orders outdoor fire ban
Thursday, September 01, 2011
This includes all unincorporated areas west of U.S. 36 (North Foothills Highway), and west of Highway 93 (South Foothills Highway) as well as Rabbit Mountain Open Space (see map).
During the fire ban, open burning is permitted only under the following circumstances:
Fire contained within liquid or gas fuel stoves
Camp fires in U.S. Forest Service improved/maintained campgrounds that are currently open to the public*(see separate news release from the U.S. Forest Service)
Charcoal grill fires on private property
The ban will remain in effect until the hazardous fire conditions subside. Anyone found in violation of the ban may be convicted of a Class 2 petty offense and may be subject to a $500 fine. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.
Fire ban rationale
The Boulder County foothills have continued to dry out after months of moderate moisture. Currently, Boulder County has a high fire danger rating, as determined by the National Weather Service National Fire Danger rating System. This is due to a combination of dry fuels, hot and dry weather and an increase in regional wildland fire activity.
It is anticipated that with the continued late summer and early fall drying season and the expected beginning of the Chinook winds, Boulder County will continue to have a high fire danger rating.
Detective Commander Rick Brough
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
The biggest event of the summer is about to explode. Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast is kicking off the annual fireworks activities with a celebration of America’s independence and a celebration of Boulder life on July 4.
“This year we combined the biggest event of the summer with the ‘I Love Boulder’ campaign and invited bands to join us in celebrating the cultural, traditional and happily unconventional characteristics of Boulder life,” said Lew Kingdom of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, primary sponsor of the event. “We had several excellent bands with original songs about Boulder competing to perform at Folsom Field, and I’m pleased to announce our first YouTube band competition winner, Narrow Gauge Band.”
Narrow Gauge Band will perform “Good to be Back in Boulder” as part of the pre-fireworks entertainment. This year’s event also features entertainment by the city Open Space and Mountain Parks’ musicians, the Boy Scouts color guard and a jazz band from Monarch High School.
The annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, will take place at Folsom Field. Gates open at 8 p.m. The program starts at 8:30 p.m.
Parking is free at Boulder’s Twenty Ninth Street shopping center’s parking garages, downtown city parking garages and all city parking meters. Free HOP and Buff Bus service will be provided from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from these parking areas to Folsom Field and back. At the Twenty Ninth Street shopping center, the HOP pick-up is located on 29th Street at the HOP stop and the Buff Bus pick-up is located by the Macy’s parking garage on Walnut. Also, parking is available at CU on a first-come, first-served basis in the lot off of Regent Drive and in the Kittredge/Fiske Planetarium area. Accessible parking is available off Folsom Street and Colorado Avenue for those with proper permits.
The following items are not permitted into the stadium:
· Hard-sided containers of any size or style
· Bags or containers larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″
· Glass bottles or cans
Ø Non-alcoholic beverages brought into the stadium must be in approved factory-sealed plastic containers only. Water bottles, sport bottles or other approved types of beverage containers that are not factory sealed must be emptied prior to entering the stadium. They may be refilled once inside at any water fountain.
· Umbrellas of any size
· Firearms or weapons of any type
· Designated artificial noise makers such as whistles or air horns
· Signs or flags on sticks, regardless of the length
· Any unapproved signs or banners
· Footballs, Frisbees, inflatable balls
· Animals (with the exception of service animals for people with disabilities)
· Any other item(s) deemed dangerous or unacceptable by security
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been held at Folsom Field since 1941. This event is hosted by the associates of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media Sponsors include the Daily Camera and Boulder Channel 8.
City officials are teaming up with the University of Colorado to remind Boulder residents that all fireworks are illegal within city limits. Illegal fireworks include: sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, Roman candles and smoke bombs. The fireworks ban has been in place since 1985.
Boulder police will have extra patrols out over the July 4th holiday. Anyone caught using fireworks could face penalties that include arson charges, heavy fines, court costs, loss of property, possible jail time and personal injury damages. CU students who violate the ban could be sanctioned by the University of Colorado’s Office of Judicial Affairs.
Fireworks were outlawed because they pose dangers to humans, pets, property, and the environment. Boulder Fire Chief Larry Donner encourages residents to celebrate the holiday safely. “Fireworks can be very dangerous and unpredictable. They often cause serious injuries. Nationally, children suffer the lion’s share of fireworks related injuries. In addition, there is the ever-present danger of starting a disastrous wildfire on our open space,” says Chief Donner.
The city will host a professional fireworks show on July 4th at Folsom Field. Admission to Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast is free. Gates open at 8:00 p.m., and the show is scheduled to begin around 8:30 p.m.
Anyone who has illegal fireworks and who wants to dispose of them will be granted amnesty if the fireworks are brought to any Boulder fire station. To report fireworks violations, residents are encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-3333. To report a fire, always call 9-1-1 and give the location.
In Episode 38 Summer Fun, 22 Boom starts off with some great news about the sun and heat, Hotshots Movie Reviews by Dan Culberson looks at Midnight in Paris, Chris Daniels & the Kings rock the show, Jann Scott almost drowns at the Barker Dam in Boulder as it gets close to overflowing. Then at the Boulder Creek Festival Jann visits some fun and interesting booths like the Boulder Emergency Squad, the 14th Annual Vintage Bike Swap, Boulder Police Department, Wild Earth Guardians, Colorado Greyhound Adoption, Defenders of Wildlife, and the ACLU of Boulder County. The Sky Guy answers the question Why are Galaxies shaped like a swirl, and what’s a great summer start with the 4th of July and the fireworks to wrap up the night and this show.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast announces next great band competition Get your applications in early0
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast wants to give local bands a huge break at the biggest event of the summer. The annual 4th of July fireworks committee announced today that it will launch a YouTube band competition to choose this year’s opening act.
Bands can compete to entertain thousands of fans at the region’s best fireworks show. The contest is open to any band that performs an original song with a Boulder connection. The contest is open to all genres: rock, country, pop, hip-hop, rap or something new – just make sure it’s family friendly.
“Ralphie’s Independence Day is an iconic event in Boulder, and people love coming here to celebrate the 4th of July,” said Lew Kingdom of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, premier sponsor of the event. “This year we want to combine the biggest event of the summer with the ‘I Love Boulder’ campaign by inviting bands to join us in celebrating the cultural, traditional and happily unconventional characteristics of Boulder life. It’s an ideal theme for something we all love to attend.”
The winning band, or bands, will open the fireworks celebration to an estimated crowd of up to 40,000 people when the gates open. Runners up will see their music videos displayed on the Jumbo Tron at Folsom Field.
To enter, contestants must submit a YouTube video of the band performing its song. Tribute bands playing another artist’s song will not be considered. Bands will be evaluated for musical ability and style; bonus points may be given for creativity.
Video submissions will be judged based on quality, a “Boulder connection”, and the number of YouTube views by June 6, 2011. Obviously, self promotion to generate YouTube views is allowed. Multiple music video entries by the same artist are permitted. The Ralphie’s Independence Day committee will make the final selection of band(s).
Submissions are due no later than noon on June 1, 2011. Bands must grant written permission to play the video at Folsom Field, on Boulder municipal television stations, and event/sponsor websites as a requirement for submission.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Great Band Competition guidelines:
To be considered for the YouTube music video contest and a chance to play at Folsom Field on July 4, submissions must be received by noon on June 1 and must include:
1) Band’s name, address and phone number
2) Band’s permission (copyright release) to air the music video at Folsom Field, on event/sponsor websites and City of Boulder communication platforms, including municipal channels 8 and 22
3) Songs must include the word “Boulder”.
4) YouTube tags must include: “Boulder Colorado”, “I Love Boulder”, “Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast”
5) Videos may not contain nudity, profanity, or depict illegal activity
6) Email a YouTube link for your music video along with band contact information to Cindy Schlager at Wright Kingdom Real Estate firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finalists will be notified by June 10 and may be asked to perform a live audition.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, at Folsom Field, will be held July 4. Gates open at 8 p.m.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast is hosted by the associates of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media Sponsors include the Daily Camera, and Boulder Channel 8.
For more information on this year’s event, go to www.boulder4thofjuly.com.
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
437 AM MST THU M011
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND FIRE
CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS FIRE WEATHER WATCH.
…GUSTY WINDS AND DRY FUELS WILL PRODUCE VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER
OVER NORTHEAST COLORADO LATE FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY-
BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD
NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND
ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY-
ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET-
NORTHEAST WELD COUNTY-CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY-MORGAN COUNTY-
CENTRAL AND EAST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES-
NORTH AND NORTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTH LINCOLN
SOUTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/SOUTH LINCOLN COUNTY-
LOGAN COUNTY-WASHINGTON COUNTY-SEDGWICK COUNTY-PHILLIPS COUNTY-
437 AM MST THU MAR 10 2011
…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR FIRE
WEATHER ZONES 238…239…240…241…242…243…244…245…
246…247…248…249…250 AND 251…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
* AFFECTED AREA…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 238…FORT COLLINS…
HEREFORD…LOVELAND…NUNN…WEST PAWNEE GRASSLANDS…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 239…ARVADA…BOULDER...GOLDEN…LAKEWOOD…
LONGMONT…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 240…AURORA…BRIGHTON…CITY
OF DENVER…DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…HIGHLANDS RANCH…
LITTLETON…PARKER…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 241…CASTLE ROCK…
ELBERT…FONDIS…KIOWA…LARKSPUR…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 242…
BRIGGSDALE…EAST PAWNEE GRASSLANDS…GROVER…PAWNEE
BUTTES…RAYMER…STONEHAM…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 243…EATON…
FORT LUPTON…GREELEY…ROGGEN…FIRE WEATHER ZONE 244…
BRUSH…FORT MORGAN…GOODRICH…WIGGINS…FIRE WEATHER ZONE
245…BENNETT…BYERS…DEER TRAIL…LEADER…FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 246…AGATE…HUGO…LIMON…MATHESON…FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 247…FORDER…KARVAL…KUTCH…PUNKIN CENTER…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 248…CROOK…MERINO…STERLING…PEETZ…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 249…AKRON…COPE…LAST CHANCE…OTIS…FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 250…JULESBURG…OVID…SEDGWICK…FIRE WEATHER
* TIMING…RELATIVE HUMDIDITY WILL DROP INTO THE TEENS BY MIDDAY
FRIDAY ALONG WITH GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS.
* WIND…WEST TO NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.
* HUMIDITY…10 TO 15 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS…DRY CURED FUELS COMBINED WITH LOW HUMIDITY AND
STRONG WINDS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR FIRES TO START AND SPREAD
22 Boom hosts it’s second Annual Halloween TV Special with This Week in Boulder
Hotshots Movie Review of Secretariat, Boulder 350, Vote Yes on 3A, Nina Story at Boulder Hometown Fair, Boulder Cemetery Spirit Walk, Pearl Street Mall Crawl, Disney World’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and Jann Scott Live goes to Mccaddon for the Cadillac Car Show.
Get ready to “blow shit up” 4th of July Advice how to set off illegal fire works and not get caught or burn the city.0
Boulder: If you are going to set off illegal fireworks this 4th of July we recommend that you do it in a paved parking lot, dirt parking , on a big lawn or over a body of water. Police will be scanning skies for arial displays like rockets so you can not stay in one place or face fines listed below. Police also patrol heavily used past rocket launch sites like school yards.
But for Christs Sake don’t set off fire works on open space, near buildings , off flagstaff, in the forest or at or near a gas station. We realize people are going to set off fire works and that Boulder has a long history of Big Bangs.
Fourth of July represents Independence from British rule and the one day we in boulder condone blowing shit up; except you are not allowed to do that any more…only the city is. Below are their rules>
CU and City partner on fireworks education campaignCity officials and the University of Colorado are reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal within the City of Boulder, including sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, Roman candles and smoke bombs. Boulder police will be on extra patrol over the Fourth of July weekend, enforcing the city’s fireworks ban which has been in effect since 1985.
Penalties can include fines, courts costs, property loss, arson charges and jail time. For CU students, penalties also can include sanctions from CU’s Office of Judicial Affairs.
The city and CU are working together on educational outreach to the community once again this year. CU Off-Campus Student Services staff will distribute educational materials to remind residents that all fireworks are illegal and urge them to celebrate the Fourth of July safely. This educational campaign will include notices in the Goss Grove and University Hill neighborhoods.
Fireworks are illegal because of the dangers they pose to humans, pets and the environment that makes Boulder beautiful. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 7,000 injuries and $34 million worth of direct property loss are caused by fireworks every year. According to this research, two of every five people injured by fireworks are younger than 15 and devices such as sparklers account for 40 percent of the injuries.
“We have seen some of the tragic consequences of fireworks misuse. We’re hoping people find other, safe ways to make this 4th of July memorable,” said Fire Chief Larry Donner.
Celebrants are encouraged to attend the annual professional fireworks show, Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, on Sunday, July 4, at Folsom Field. Gates open at 8:00 p.m. The program begins at 8:30 p.m. Additional details and full event information can be found at http://www.boulder4thofjuly.com/
“As both CU’s chancellor and a resident of Boulder for nearly four decades, I urge the CU community to be extra safe this 4th of July holiday,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “We want to be good neighbors by observing all municipal laws and regulations, and looking out for one another to ensure a safe and fun holiday.”
In an additional effort to promote safety, amnesty will be granted to anyone wanting to discard unused fireworks. The items can be brought to any Boulder fire station. To report fireworks violations, residents should call the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-3333. To report a fire, always call 9-1-1 with the location.