Fireworks ban issued in Battle Ground due to fire danger

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Fireworks in the city limits of Battle Ground have been banned for the Fourth of July season after an order was issued by the fire marshal, in consultation with Fire District 3 and the Department of Natural Resources.

The city’s municipal code authorizes the fire marshal to suspend or ban the discharge of fireworks in consideration of weather-related data, stated a news release. Recreational burning and campfires have also been banned in city limits until further notice.

This decision was not taken lightly and we recognize the impact this has on our community and local organizations in their fundraising efforts,” stated the release. “We continue to encourage everyone to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, just without fireworks this year.  We want to thank everyone for our continued partnership in fire prevention.”



A fireworks ban can be implemented if conditions meet an extreme fire danger level, which takes into account the burning index, fuel moisture and the energy release component, or the available energy of a fire. 

“An updated report received today, June 28, from the Department of Natural Resources indicate that all three of these indices are at levels that constitute immediate concern,” stated the release. “It is extremely rare for this to occur and further illustrates the impact that the drought, hot weather and dry vegetation has had on fire danger in our area.  In addition, forecasts indicate that there will be little to no relief from rain between now and Independence Day.”

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