Cortez Fire Protection District

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Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that scorched the interior of the Harp Moving and Storage building on Market Street in downtown Cortez Sunday morning.

Cortez Fire Protection District

The Cortez City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to the Cortez Fire Protection District for a new fire and rescue station on Washington Street.

Cortez Fire Protection District

In August, the Cortez Fire Protection District was awarded $2 million to help build a new fire station.

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Most people would probably agree that fire safety is important, but according to Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle of the Cortez Fire Protection District, it can sometimes fall by the wayside.

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If you’re hoping to have any fires over the Fourth of July holiday, a campfire in the mountains may be your best bet, and if you want to see fireworks, you should probably go to a town display. All non-public land in Montezuma County and almost all land in southeastern Utah will be under increased fire restrictions for the holiday weekend and beyond, and federal lands do not allow fireworks at any point during the year.

Last week, the Montezuma County commissioners enacted a county-wide ban on fireworks and open burning in the wake of the Sage Hen fire near Dolores.