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Amidst Heightened Wildfire Risk, People Urged To Limit Fourth Of July Fireworks

Alexander Kagan

American’s love of fireworks has many emergency response agencies worried over the increased risk of wildfires this holiday weekend.

Eric Wise is a meteorologist for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center based in Portland. He said there are thunderstorms expected between today and the Fourth of July in Oregon and Washington. With a spike already projected in human-caused fires tied to pyrotechnics, this forecast troubles firefighters. 

“So we are concerned that with the lightning already starting things, the addition of ramped-up human starts will definitely be of concern," Wise told KLCC.  "So we urge folks to be very careful, and especially the fireworks, which I think we’ll have a hard time talking people out of their fireworks, but certainly the conditions are ripe to get a fire started.”

People are urged to refrain from lighting fireworks, especially in drought-ravaged areas.  Many cities have banned or limited their sale and use through Independence Day.  

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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