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People may not legally light fireworks in some areas outside of Banks

A map showing areas protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Map courtesy ODF

Can you legally light fireworks if you live west or north of the city of Banks this year? It depends on where you live.

While Forest Grove and other cities have banned fireworks this year to varying degrees in an attempt to avert a potential wildfire catastrophe, those in unincorporated Washington County have only the urging of firefighters and Washington County commissioners, who say it’s a bad idea. 

“With record-breaking weather and drought conditions, Banks Fire District #13 is joining our neighboring departments in urging people to NOT USE personal fireworks in their celebrations this year,” Banks Fire District spokesperson Scott Adams said in a statement. 

“A Rural Fire Protection District, such as Banks Fire, is specifically prohibited by State Law . . .

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