For the next week, fireworks will be the primary natural vegetation ignition source. The Kennewick Fire Department would like to remind our community that the discharge and possession of consumer fireworks is banned within the city limits of Kennewick. The criminal penalty for violating this ban is a misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Residents are encouraged to refrain from using personal fireworks and to attend one of the safe, family-oriented, local public fireworks displays such as the Annual River of Fire Festival in Columbia Park on the 4th of July.
With very hot weather predicted, and the dry vegetation caused by current conditions, it is imperative that individuals exercise extra caution while working with equipment around dry grasses, and to avoid driving over or extremely close to dried vegetation.
Additionally, during these types of conditions, both people and animals can be at risk of smoke-related respiratory illness and heat-related injuries. Recent wildland fires in our State demonstrate the need for exercising extreme caution this summer season.
Individuals may contact their local fire department if they have questions.
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