Colorado Springs cancels 4th of July fireworks

The Waldo Canyon Fire strikes again

The City of Colorado Springs has cancelled several scheduled 4th of July fireworks displays due to the Waldo Canyon Fire and extreme fire danger in the city.

The city reports that the Fire Marshal has denied all permits for commercial fireworks for the holiday. Nine displays were scheduled between July 1 and 6.

The city is currently in extreme fire danger due to lack of moisture, heat and wind. Additionally, the Fire Department says it prefers to keep its resources available to dynamically respond to situations related to the wildfire.

The City Fire Marshal, and the counterparts throughout El Paso and Teller Counties, will be actively investigating any arson fires or fires that may result from illegal fireworks.

Waldo Canyon Fire

The Waldo Canyon fire has now grown to 18,500 acres, officials said Wednesday night.

The Waldo Canyon Fire, which started June 23, has burned 15,324 acres and is 5 percent contained, fire officials said Wednesday morning. No injuries have been reported. Acreage figures were not updated at an afternoon news conference.

Around 300 homes have been destroyed by the fire.

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