Video: Gov. Polis Provides Update On Colorado’s Coronavirus, Wildfire Responses

August 18, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis, who's already contending with the state's management of the coronavirus pandemic, also addressed the major wildfires now burning across Colorado. In response, Polis issued a statewide ban on open fires.

"While these fires are making it more difficult for people to enjoy our great outdoors, Coloradans must continue taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others, such as wearing masks and following social distancing requirements," Polis said in a statement. "Much like with COVID-19, we all have a role to play in ensuring we are taking steps to prevent fires moving forward."

On Monday, many schools in Colorado had their first day amid the pandemic. Meanwhile, four major wildfires are still growing in the central northern mountains and on the Western Slope.