Well, the Fourth of July holiday has come and gone. And this year proved a little different celebration than in the past.
In the extended Woodland Park community, like much of Colorado, a fire ban is in effect that prohibits just about anything that might trigger a wildfire.
And that’s a good thing, since those of us in Teller County had a pretty good scare with the Chateau fire in Florissant burning for a few days, causing evacuations and the loss of homes and other structures. Fortunately, as I write this that fire is mostly contained.
Other parts of Colorado, and throughout the West in general, are still fighting fires, or residents are keeping their fingers crossed that their community won’t be next. So while the fire bans placed a modest damper on some of the Fourth of July activities, I get the sense that few people — especially those with brains and common sense — are complaining too much.
No fireworks. No problem.
While you can’t cook outside with propane, charcoal or over an open campfire, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy a meal with friends and family.
And the restrictions are tough with zero tolerance for violators.
So tough, in fact, that you may want to consider not even farting these days near the national and state parks. Or I guess anywhere else for that matter.