Help prevent fires caused by fireworks

Release date: 06/29/2022

Washington County is working collaboratively with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, as well as other emergency responders, in urging the public to help prevent fires by celebrating without fireworks or attending professional fireworks displays. In addition to posing an increased fire risk, noise from fireworks can trigger post-traumatic stress for veterans and frighten pets and livestock. Chemical residue can also contribute to pollution. Those who choose to use fireworks in any setting are urged to carefully follow these safety tips from TVF&R.

If extreme fire conditions develop and the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning, the County will consult with fire and law enforcement officials to determine whether an emergency ban on the use of fireworks in unincorporated areas of Washington County should be considered by the Board of County Commissioners.

To report the use of illegal fireworks—those that explode or fly into the air—call non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111 and be prepared to provide the address location. To help ensure that our 9-1-1 system remains available for reporting active fires, serious medical problems and crimes in progress, the public is urged not to call 9-1-1 to report illegal fireworks.

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