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7/2/2013 2:12:00 PM
Fireworks to go ahead in Camp Verde for Fourth of July

Today, July 2, Camp Verde Fire District and the U.S. Forest Service met to discuss the planned fireworks at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde on the evening of July 4.

According to Camp Verde Fire Marshal Kristi Gagnon, both agencies had been deeply affected by the loss of 19 friends and colleagues in the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday. "Therefore, it was imperative that we carefully consider how we would proceed with the holiday events."

During the meeting today both fire agencies assessed the fire potential, the predicted weather, and the available resources on the ground during the fireworks shoot and determined that the risk of fire is low.

"Therefore, we believe that it would be more honoring to the fallen firefighters to allow the fireworks to go ahead as planned, giving the community the chance to embrace the patriotism that characterizes this great nation."

The statement from the Camp Verde Fire District further stated: "Due to the Yarnell Hill Fire being given the designation of highest priority within the nation, numerous resources have been brought in to contain the fire, resulting in the local agencies being free to protect their communities and provide much needed support to the Prescott Fire Department."

The fireworks are planned to start at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday.

The pullout areas across the street from Cliff Castle Casino, near Sonic and the Chevron Gas Station will not be open to the public as viewing areas. These areas are critical for fire service access. Also, during the fireworks shoot, Montezuma Castle Highway will be completely shut down between the Castle Lane roundabout and the Cliff Castle Hotel.

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