To combat the illegal use of fireworks, fire and police personnel will be patrolling neighborhoods
CAMAS – In advance of the upcoming summer season, the Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that consumer fireworks can only be discharged on July 4 in Camas and Washougal. Additionally, a 2017 ordinance limits fireworks use in Washougal to safe and sane fireworks only.
Any fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or one foot into the air (such as mortars and roman candles) do not fit the definition of safe and sane, and are illegal for use in the city limits of Washougal.
To combat the illegal use of fireworks, fire and police personnel will be patrolling neighborhoods. Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal Ron Schumacher cautions that using illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of legally permitted dates and times may result in a fine and/or confiscation.
“The penalties start at $250 for the first offense, $500 fine for a second offense,” Schumacher said. “There’s a $750 fine for a third offense and $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense within a three-year period,” he said.
Fireworks stands in both Camas and Washougal will be open July 2-4 from 9 a.m.–11 p.m., and in Camas again on July 5 from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. The Fire Marshal’s office has provided these safety tips to ensure everyone can enjoy their legal fireworks in a safe manner:
• Be courteous and let neighbors known when you plan to use the fireworks
• Be prepared in case of fire and have a pre-connected garden hose on-hand
• Use fireworks on flat, hard surfaces away from buildings, vehicles, dry brush and bystanders
• Place discharged fireworks in a bucket full of water overnight
• Closely supervise children and pets and do not let children ignite fireworks
• Beware of sparklers, as they can cause serious burns or catch clothes on fire
• Clean up any trash left behind by fireworks
Schumacher also cautions residents to be aware of summer weather conditions and reminds those who chose to discharge fireworks to be vigilant with fireworks safety.
Information provided by Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
- WA congressional delegation votes for continued funding of federal governmentWashington state’s entire congressional delegation on Saturday voted in favor of legislation that will temporarily continue federal government funding through mid-November.
- Opinion: Small districts vote to restore democracy to their statewide associationLiv Finne believes an increasing number of parents and local school board members want schools to drop partisan political causes and focus on providing a good education to their children.
- Fight over freedom of speech heads to state Supreme CourtA lifelong conservation officer in Idaho is being taken to the Idaho Supreme Court for expressing his opinion in opposition to a rich landowner’s plan to build his own private airport.
- Clark County interim fire marshal lifts county wide burn banClark County Interim Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson has lifted the ban on outdoor debris-burning fires in unincorporated Clark County effective immediately.
- October schedule set at North Clark Historical MuseumVolunteers at the North Clark Historical Museum invite area residents to attend and participate in the October schedule of events at the museum.
- Area businesses, community members to be honored for commitment to individuals with developmental disabilitiesBusinesses and individuals who are making a difference in the lives of people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities will be honored at the Disability Employment Awareness Awards.
- Letter: ‘(Kevin) Peterson himself ultimately is responsible for his death’Vancouver resident Ann Donnelly shares her perspective on the lawsuit filed by the family of Kevin Peterson against the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and others.