The town of Taos and Taos County are asking a business selling fireworks in the Wal-Mart parking lot to cease operations until the threat of wildfires ebbs.
In a joint letter from Taos Mayor Darren Córdova and county commission chairman Dan Barrone to Wal-Mart and TNT Fireworks, the governments point out that there are five major wildfires burning in the state, and conditions in Taos are ripe for a local blaze.
After three years of persistent drought, conditions even within our residential communities and along our roadsides are extremely dry, fanned by continuing intense daily dry winds and persistent above average temperatures," the letter reads.
"We are asking both organizations (Wal-Mart and TNT Fireworks) to seriously consider the elimination or rescheduling of all fireworks sales until our fire conditions improve in order to eliminate or reduce the threat to our forests, our firefighters and our community at-large," the letter goes on to say.
Taos County enacted strict fireworks and burn bans two weeks ago, but state law prevents the wholesale prohibition of fireworks sales.
Córdova and Barrone were scheduled to personally visit the TNT Fireworks stand Tuesday (June 25) to make their appeal in person.
To download a copy of the letter, click the link at left.
For more on this story, see the June 27 edition of The Taos News.