Fire dangers that come with Fourth of July celebrations

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Tyler Johnson, [email protected]

SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING (June 24, 2021) – Fire station chiefs from Sweetwater County met on Wednesday to discuss the potential fire risks and precautions people should take during this dry-weather season.

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Sweetwater County Fire District No. 1 Chief Scott Kitchner sent a press release on Thursday, stating that the danger of firework-caused fires is high due to the dryness of the vegetation.

“It is critical that residents understand the risk of fire at a time of the year when weather is hot, and vegetation is susceptible. We know that one spark can have disastrous consequences. 

“Every year we see an increase in fires in the days leading up to the Fourth of July and for several days afterward. Deciding to use fireworks is a decision to put your community at risk.

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“We understand that fireworks are a traditional part of America’s Fourth of July celebration, yet every year people take needless risks when they celebrate. Please remember that fireworks are banned within city limits and can only be used on private property with the landowner’s permission within the unincorporated areas of our County. 

“This Fourth of July holiday comes at a unique time when residents are enjoying a return to normal activities and social events. We encourage you to get out and join members of our communities at the various professional shows that are scheduled throughout our County. This is the safest and most enjoyable way to celebrate our Nation’s independence.”

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