The discharge of fireworks has been banned under emergency order
Officials with the cities of Camas and Washougal have announced that due
to the high fire risk, the discharge of fireworks has been banned under emergency order.
Sales will still be allowed.
Camas-Washougal Fire Department Fire Chief, Nick Swinhart, consulted with Washougal
officials and issued the ban in that city, as provided in Washougal Municipal Code. Camas
Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Burton, in consultation with the fire chief and fire marshal, has
implemented the ban in Camas.
“This was a very difficult decision to make, but in consideration of the elevated fire danger, it
was deemed the only decision possible to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods,
communities, and green spaces,” said Chief Swinhart. “The threat of fireworks causing a fire
in these extreme conditions is too high to allow the use of fireworks this July 4th.”
Officials with the CWFD and the cities of Camas and Washougal, noted that the fine for
illegally discharging fireworks is $250 for the first incident, with escalating fines for recurring
The police and fire departments will have extra patrols in response. For illegal
fireworks complaints, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1.
Officials also acknowledged the strain this may put on vendors and nonprofits that rely on
this income; however, safety is paramount in this situation. With this in mind, residents are
encouraged to celebrate Independence Day this year with friends and family, however, do so without the use of fireworks.
Information provided by Camas-Washougal Fire Department.