Clark County Fire District 3, which is based in Brush Prairie and serves a large portion of unincorporated Clark County where fireworks are allowed, issued a statement Wednesday encouraging residents to celebrate without fireworks this year.
The Camas-Washougal Fire Department issued a similar statement Wednesday afternoon.
“Fire potential forecasts indicate that with the upcoming heat wave, most of Fire District 3 will be at an extremely high-risk level,” the statement said. “This is very rare for this time of year and occurs when extreme dry conditions exist that pose a significant threat for a large fire to occur with the introduction of an ignition source.”
The statement said Fire District 3 will be providing additional staffing levels during this year’s upcoming fire season, but is asking the community to help out with fire prevention.
“Even if they are legal in your area, fireworks are not recommended this year,” the statement said. “If you do choose to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, please do so as safely as possible.”