By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

Sprinklers not Sparklers

Extreme heat and drought increase fire risk from fireworks


WAITSBURG — Many state, county, and city officials ask the public to celebrate the Fourth of July without home fireworks this year. The Pacific Northwest is experiencing extreme heat conditions causing serious concerns over health and fire safety going into the Fourth of July celebrations.

Even though the risk of fire increases significantly during extreme heat conditions, under Washington state law, local jurisdictions cannot impose temporary bans on fireworks. The times to purchase and use fireworks in the state are regulated under RCW 70.77.395 and are limited to twice a year to celeb...

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