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Legal Fireworks Sales (Photo) - 06/21/17

The season for fireworks sales in Oregon will open June 23rd. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. To date, the Roseburg Fire Department has approved nine fireworks booths in Roseburg stores and three fireworks sales tents throughout the city. In the upcoming days, Fire Department personnel will inspect the retailers to ensure they are only selling fireworks which comply with legal guidelines. Oregon law forbids possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or twelve inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon, and can result in a criminal citation and fine.
Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks, carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
The Roseburg Fire Department wants EVERYONE to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day, so please remember to keep it legal when celebrating with friends and family.

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Natural Cover Fire - Reservoir Hill - 6-19-17 (Photo) - 06/19/17

Firefighters responded to a small natural cover fire on Reservoir Hill this afternoon. City of Roseburg Firefighters and DFPA promptly extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to approximately a quarter of an acre. The fire appeared to begin in a transient camp. Firefighters would like to remind everyone as the weather conditions become hotter and drier, the potential for fire increases.

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Residential Structure Fire - 2176 SE Downey Avenue - 5-30-17 (Photo) - 05/30/17

At 4:40 p.m. on May 30, 2017, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2176 SE Downey Avenue. A passerby reported seeing smoke coming from the attic and roof area of the residence.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the rooftop of the structure. After making entry into the residence, firefighters quickly extinguished what was determined to be an accidental kitchen fire.
The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. Firefighters rescued three dogs that were inside the residence at the time of the fire. The dogs were not injured.
The home sustained structural and water damage. The structure which is valued at $131,000 suffered approximately $20,000 in damage. The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the structure.

A total of 10 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power, and Bay Cities Ambulance.

The Roseburg Fire department would like to remind citizens that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It is important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
Here are a few kitchen safety tips to remember:
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen
while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire -- oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or
curtains -- away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire:
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by
sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is
completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

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