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News Release
Fire Danger is High, Find Alternatives to Fireworks this Fourth of July - 06/30/21

Extreme heat and dry conditions, as well as the significant likelihood of fire damage from the use of fireworks, are reasons citizens should seek alternatives to using fireworks this Fourth of July weekend. Consider attending a public display, watch fireworks on television or celebrate with friends and family without the use of fireworks.

Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Oregon City encourages everyone to play it safe this year and skip the fire danger that any firework can potentially cause.

The Oregon City Police Department will have extra officers working enforcement on the July 4th weekend and use of illegal fireworks will be cited, with the minimum fine starting at $500. Residents can report illegal use of fireworks within the city limits by calling the non-emergency line at 503-655-8211.

Not sure if you are within the Oregon City limits? Visit https://www.orcity.org/maps/am-i-within-oregon-city-limits to find out. Please do not call 911 to report fireworks, the 911 system must be saved for reporting only active fires and serious medical problems and crimes.

As a reminder, backyard burning is not permitted inside City limits due to the Department of Environmental Quality Burn Ban Boundary, the burn restriction map is located here. For additional information please see Clackamas Fire District’s firework prohibition frequently asked questions here.

Please enjoy the Fourth of July holiday safely and responsibly.