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That snap, crackle and pop has a little less pizzazz this fourth of July in La Crosse. The city has banned fireworks because of dry conditions. Not just the normally illegal fireworks that explode or shoot up into the sky, rockets-red-glare style, but the package of fourth of July poppers from Kmart. Dry conditions from extreme heat and no rain for a couple of weeks has led the mayor and the fire department to put a ban on all burning outdoors, including fireworks. The fireworks display shot from Pettibone park in La Crosse will not be affected by the ban and, because it would be almost impossible to do the fourth without burgers, brats and dogs, grilling will also be allowed under the fire ban.
The revival of the Hollywood Theater in La Crosse could take a couple of years...but the process is taking small steps ahead.
Attorney and businessman Phil Addis first toured the vacant theater three months ago after buying it at auction. Now, he's been able to find which light fixtures are working, including some of the neon and Art Deco fixtures in the lobby. Addis also has been shopping for new theater seats. He thinks the theater could hold about 600 modern seats, compared to the thousand or so that were removed from the Hollywood years ago.
Burning any combustible materials outdoors in the Town of Bergen or Village of Stoddard is prohibited. The risk for wildfires in these areas is very high and there's little relief in sight in the near future with the current weather pattern. Until conditions significantly improve, this ban will be in place.
That applies to burn piles and burn barrels; all campfires unless in developed camping areas disposing any matches, ashes, charcoal briquettes, or any burning materials into the outdoors; and all fireworks. Remember to dispose of any cigars, cigarettes, or pipes in a designated receptacle.
The Town of Bergen And Village of Stoddard on conjunction this the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department will issue a Burning Ban when the Current Fire Danger reaches "Very High" (orange) or "Extreme" (red) These levels are set by the Forestry Department from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses.
Xcel Energy says we're getting close to peaking the power grid. Hot temperatures have forced some to crank up their air conditioners and some leave them on all night. Brian Elwood of Xcel Energy.
Elwood says we only had a three day stretch last year where the power grid was dinged....with at least 3 more days of the high temps to go...he says this could get interesting.