CIBOLA COUNTY - Seven governmental entities have banned open burning including: Cibola County, Village of Milan, City of Grants, Pueblo of Laguna, Ramah Navajo Chapter, Pueblo of Acoma and the Pueblo of Zuni.
The county and federal agencies, which include the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Parks Service, have also banned the use of fireworks.
The village and the city have implemented similar restrictions. The village also adopted a proclamation that prohibits the sale and use of a variety of fireworks. The proclamation prohibited nine items, including firecrackers, which are listed as “permissible” on the state fire marshal’s website.
“We’ve already had some complaints about fireworks,” recalled Milan Fire Chief Keith Austin on June 26, “but that’s normal for this time of the year.”
The city has three fireworks’ vendors, according to Fire Chief Robert Hays. “They are all supplied by TNT and are following the state fire marshal’s list of permissible fireworks.”
The area’s sovereign nations, Laguna, Ramah Navajo, Acoma, and Zuni, have prohibited the use of fireworks on tribal lands.
Public safety officials are urging area residents to attend public fireworks displays during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.
The Pueblo of Laguna is hosting its fourth annual celebration on Wednesday, July 3, at the K’awaika Center (the old Laguna-Acoma High School). The event begins at 5 p.m. with a Fun Run and concludes with the fireworks’ display at 9:15 p.m.
Call 1-505-552-7243 for more information.
The Grants/Cibola County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual pyrotechnic event at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course, 2001 George Hanosh Blvd., Grants, on Thursday, July 4, at dusk. Call 287-4802 for more information.
The Pueblo of Acoma is hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4 and will include a fireworks show at dusk by Atlas Enterprises, Inc.
Call 1-505-552-1099 for more information.
All three celebrations are free and the public is invited to attend, according to event organizers.