Related: Despite wet spring, local & state leaders warn of firework danger ahead of Fourth of July

  • Source: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • Published: 06/22/2022 12:00 AM

With July 4 right around the corner, state and local fire leaders are warning of firework dangers. The city of Portland banned fireworks in March, and Tuesday Portland Fire and Rescue reminded people of why citing, "Drought conditions and the annual fires, injuries and deaths associated with the use of fireworks." But after record rainfall over the past few months, many people questioned why drought conditions were part of the reasoning for banning fireworks. So we asked Alison Green with the Oregon State Fire Marshal to help explain the reasoning after seeing so much precipitation. “It helped. Those drought monitors are looking a lot better, but we are not out of the woods in a lot of portions of the state,” she said. She also mentioned that even after a lot of rain, it doesn't take a lot of dry weather to create more fire fuel.


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