Aberdeen Fireworks Restrictions

Be Prepared before you light fireworks:

Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed fireworks stands.
Ensure safety of pets.
Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
Call 911 and give the correct address or location if an emergency arises.
Know basic first aid

Be Safe, when lighting fireworks:

Have a designated adult light all fireworks.
Use eye protection.
Light one firework at a time, move away quickly, and keep spectators at a safe distance until the display is finished.
Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in water
Use only outdoors and away from anything that can burn.
To prevent injuries, follow the label directions carefully.
Always remember, do not throw fireworks or hold in you hand.

Be Responsible, after you finish:

Be considerate of neighbors and clean up the debris when finished.
If a devise does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes and approach it carefully.
Make sure all unused fireworks; matches and lighters are out of sight and reach of children. 

Some 2009 Fireworks facts/statistics:

There were 1,236 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported to the State Fire Marshal in 2009 by fire departments and hospital emergency rooms in Washington State. This is a 57% increase from the previous year. Of the reports received, there were 1,036 fires, and 200 injuries resulting in $5.6 million of property loss. 

Fire Departments and Hospitals in Grays Harbor County reported a total of 16 Fireworks related incidents with 6 confirmed injuries in 2009. 

Fireworks-related incidents most often occur on July 4. This has remained constant over the past eight years.

Bottle rockets and firecrackers lead the list of illegal devices causing injuries.

Illegal fireworks were the leading class causing 91 injury incidents in Washington State. Legal fireworks were responsible for 67 injury incidents. The leading causes of fireworks-related injuries is “Holding” or “Tampering with the devices.

Illegal devices causing injuries state wide include Public Display Mortars, Homemade Explosive Devices, Missiles, and Bottle Rockets. In 2009, there were 9 sparkler bomb incidents.

Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms. With this freedom comes a shared responsibility to ensure the close supervision of children whenever fireworks are present. Please, "Be Prepared", "Be Safe", and "Be Responsible" when discharging fireworks.

To learn more about fireworks safety and fireworks, visit the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau web site at www.wa.gov/wsp or call your Aberdeen Fire Department at 532-1254

DNR and county officials to begin burn restrictions in Pacific County

Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county, and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner's permission if built in the following manner:

  • In a metal, stone or masonry-lined fire pit, such as those seen in approved campgrounds.
  • Not exceeding three feet in diameter.
  • Have an area at least 10 feet around the campfire cleared of all flammable material and have at least 30 feet of clearance from overhead fuels (such as tree limbs).
  • Attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire, such as a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

Always completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative. The use of burn barrels is prohibited by law in Washington.

For more information on local fire restrictions

Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Pacific Cascade Regional Office

(360) 577-2025

For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR's webpage showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx.

For additional information, check with Olympic Region Clean Air Agency by calling 1-800-422-5623 or visiting their website at www.orcaa.org.  

DNR's wildfire mission

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the state's largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.