The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reminds the community that per Yakima Municipal Code 10.15.015, it is illegal to store, sell, possess or discharge fireworks in the City of Yakima.
“We encourage community members to celebrate safely this July 4th, and that includes not discharging fireworks in the City,” said Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. “Each year there are a number of fires that result from the use of fireworks.”
For example, YFD responded to 27 fires during the July 4th holiday weekend last year. Most were grass fires caused by fireworks.
“The fire danger is even a greater concern for this 4th of July holiday,” said Markham. “Due to the unseasonably cooler spring time conditions and above-normal rain fall, the fuel load in the Yakima area is very high for this time of year.”
Call 575-6060 or visit https://yakimafire.com/ for more about the Yakima Fire Department.