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.
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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