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DENVER -- There will be plenty of fireworks celebrating this 4th of July.

There are no statewide bans this year.  But 48 out of 64 counties do have various bans on fireworks and fires.

And Governor John Hickenlooper urges folks to have fun but be smart this holiday.  He says, “Pay attention.  If you’re in a county where it’s really dry and there’s a ban, obey it.  And even if you’re in a county where they’re allowing fires, be smart.”

He says the Black Forest Fire cost the state upwards of $10 million to fight.  And while federal funds help fight the West Fork Fire complex, Hickenlooper says, “It’s all our dollars anyway.”

He says he’s talking with other western state governors about forming a regional aerial firefighting fleet.  He says, “Every fire starts small.  We want to get to those fires as fast as we can, support our local first responders and get additional resources to them so we can get those fires when they’re just a couple of acres.”

If you want to check the fire rules in your county, you can get the latest information at