Happy Independence Day! Keep this land of liberty wildfire-free

Leave the fireworks up to the professionals. Go see a local firework show.

It’s the Fourth of July. Are you thinking of setting off fireworks? Please remember that it’s illegal to discharge fireworks on DNR-protected lands.

We don’t want your celebration to take a sad turn, so here are some tips to help keep this a fun and enjoyable Fourth:

  • Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is leaving the area,
  • Don’t park vehicles in dry, grassy areas as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass,
  • Be sure ORVs have working spark arresters, and
  • Rethink any open flames if winds start to pick up – wind creates conditions that make fire difficult to put out.

Washington state’s wildfires are mostly human-caused, so knowing these tips and other about how to prevent wildfires is always a good idea. Whether it’s fireworks, cigarettes or anything that sparks a fire, it’s absolutely essential that people not add to an increasing wildfire situation this summer. Instead of taking a chance by shooting off fireworks, you may want to leave it to the professionals by visiting a local fireworks show.

Report fire

If you see smoke or fire, call 911. Even if you’re unsure, a false alarm is better than a large wildfire.

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