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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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