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Fire Officials Urge Safety When Celebrating 4th

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As July 4th nears, fireworks and fire safety are more important than ever.

  

 

Several cities in Oregon have moved to restrict or ban fireworks this year, including Eugene, Bend, and Portland.

 

Oregon State Fire Marshal spokesperson John Hendricks says there are many other creative ways people can celebrate the 4th of July this year.

 

“We really want folks to, again, be cognizant and mindful of just how dry the landscape is,” Hendricks said. “Not only in Central Eastern Oregon, but also Southern Oregon and then also in the Willamette Valley.”

 

This year already, the state has exceeded the 10-year average for wildfires.

 

In Oregon, permits are required to set off non-retail fireworks, and violations could result in fines up to $2,500, as well as fire damage and suppression costs.

 

Making homemade ice cream, attending a professional fireworks display, or even using glow sticks  and sparklers are some fire-safe ways people can celebrate.

 

Jen is an intern for KLCC, through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. This is her first radio news job. She is Oregon-born and raised and loves writing, reading and recording. Her favorite things to write about are community and social justice issues, LGBTQIA+ news and history, and cultural deep-dives.
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