Visitors arriving in Silverton from the south on Hwy 550 to celebrate the 4th of July will be greeted with a stark reminder of just how dangerous wild fires can be.   The 416 fire has left a 20 mile scar between Hermosa and Needles on the west side of the road.   Thousands of people were displaced and while Silverton was in no real danger, we did get a LOT of smoke for a few weeks and the Train hasn’t run for almost a month.

Due to these conditions there are severe fire restrictions in place for all of San Juan County and beyond.   Smoking outdoors, any fireworks from sparklers on up, camp fires, and any type of open flame are prohibited in all National Forests at this time and our law enforcement is operating under a zero tolerance policy.

If you respect our amazing wilderness you will use extreme caution while camping this 4th of July and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

All scheduled events, with the exception of the fireworks, will take place as usual from the parade to the duck races, and the street party on Blaire st.  Please come join us for what is sure to be an amazing day of family focused fun in the greatest possible place to celebrate the 4th of July… Silverton, Colorado

 

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