Fire marshal reminds Camas-Washougal residents of local fireworks rules before Fourth of July

Fire marshal warns: 'Should conditions worsen ... there is the possibility the discharge of all fireworks may be prohibited'

In advance of the upcoming summer season, the Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that consumer fireworks can only be discharged on July 4 in Camas and Washougal.

Additionally, a 2017 ordinance limits fireworks use in Washougal to safe and sane fireworks only. Any fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 1 foot into the air (such as mortars and roman candles) do not fit the definition of safe and sane, and are illegal for use in Washougal.

To combat the illegal use of fireworks, fire and police personnel will be patrolling neighborhoods.

Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal Ron Schumacher cautions that using illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of legally permitted dates and times may result in a fine and/or confiscation.

“The penalties start at $250 for the first offense, $500 fine for a second offense,” Schumacher said. “There’s a $750 fine for a third offense and $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense within a three-year period,” he said.

“Should conditions worsen, residents should also keep in mind that there is the possibility the discharge of all fireworks may be prohibited,” Schumacher said.

The Camas City Council is seeking input from the public concerning the current firework restrictions. Residents are encouraged to visit engagecamas.com/camas-fireworks-discuss ion to weigh in.

For the latest information on Camas fireworks rules and regulations, visit cityofcamas.us/fire-ems/page/fireworks-safety.

The Fire Marshal’s office has provided these safety tips to ensure everyone can enjoy their legal fireworks in a safe manner:

  • Be courteous and let neighbors known when you plan to use the fireworks
  • Be prepared in case of fire and have a pre-connected garden hose on-hand
  • Use fireworks on flat, hard surfaces away from buildings, vehicles, dry brush and bystanders
  • Place discharged fireworks in a bucket full of water overnight
  • Closely supervise children and pets and do not let children ignite fireworks
  • Beware of sparklers, as they can cause serious burns or catch clothes on fire
  • Clean up any trash left behind by fireworks Schumacher also cautions residents to be aware of summer weather conditions and reminds those who chose to discharge fireworks to be vigilant with fireworks safety.