Fire potential cancels Squaw show
Tradition will make way for safety at this year’s Fourth of July celebration at Squaw Valley USA.
Squaw has canceled its annual Fourth of July fireworks show due to exceptionally dry conditions. Squaw Valley public relations person Katja Dahl said the cancellation was a precautionary measure on the part of Squaw’s administration and the Squaw Valley Fire Protection District.
“We’re not trying to alarm anyone,” Dahl said. “We’re not trying to say that there is a drastic situation going on. We are just taking into account that it is a dry season and we need to take every opportunity to avoid every kind of a fire situation.”
SVFD Chief Pete Bansen said the cancellation was a joint decision between Squaw and SVFD. He said Squaw probably could have held the show safely on the upper mountain, but it would not be fully visible for all the spectators. Not wanting to degrade the quality of the show and risk a fire, Squaw decided to cancel.
“We had figured that there were ways we can do the show on top safely, but to do it from that location gives really a less than satisfactory show for the spectators,” Bansen said. “There is also a need to exercise caution and to take precaution against wildland fires this year because the situation we are in is fairly extreme. It could be done but it is one of those things where there is a risk and if there is a risk, why do it.”
Dahl stressed that all other activities at Squaw will go on as normal during the Independence Day holiday, but she said she regrets not being able to hold the fireworks show.
“We apologize to everybody if it causes any inconvenience because it is really a unique show,” Dahl said. “Hopefully people can enjoy other shows around the lake. We’re in a business where we are very dependent on Mother Nature. When it is too dry you work to not put yourself in a situation where it is not too safe.”
Fourth of July fireworks shows at Kings Beach, Incline Village and Stateline remain scheduled.
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