From a July 2, 2021, Snohomish County press release.
Today, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal urged residents to show extra caution this Independence Day holiday because of the high fire danger risk.
Please be aware of the following:
- It's illegal to buy fireworks over the Internet in Washington State.
- Fireworks discharges are banned in southwest unincorporated Snohomish County and in many Snohomish County cities.
- The southwest unincorporated Snohomish County ban went into effect for the first time this year.
- Call the non-emergency line, 425-407-3999 for noise complaints and illegal fireworks use when there is no fire, no injury, and no immediate threat. Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency.
Snohomish County code gives the Fire Marshal authority to ban fireworks when the fire danger reaches extreme.
Current fire danger is high (on a scale of low, moderate, high, very high, and extreme), according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
While a high fire risk is concerning, it does not warrant a ban on the use of fireworks. However, every year there are injuries and fires because of the use of illegal fireworks and reckless disregard for current fire conditions.
Snohomish County will continue to monitor fire danger levels over the weekend, and if they reach extreme, will consider issuing a fireworks ban.
“With our recent severe heat, it is important that people use extra caution this year,” said Snohomish County Fire Marshal Michael McCrary.
He went on to say, “We don’t want anyone’s holiday weekend to include injury, property loss, or death. Every year there are preventable fires and injuries. We ask folks to be aware of their surroundings, don’t use illegal fireworks, respect the burn ban, and properly dispose of any consumer fireworks.”
For more information about fireworks restrictions in Snohomish County, please go here.