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Fireworks Bursting in Air for Most: Way Too Dry for Others

3 Jul 2015, 11:32 am

fireworksbanThe Fourth of July is filled with fun, food and fireworks! Unfortunately, there will be a lack of fireworks out west this Independence Day due to the very dry and warm conditions. Record breaking heat has been a continuous story the last two weeks, and with very little rain the vegetation is very dry. Some areas of the Pacific Northwest remain under Red Flag warnings.


The National Weather Service defines a Red Flag Warning as “. . . a term used by fire-weather forecasters to call attention to limited weather conditions of particular importance that may result in extreme burning conditions.” The conditions for this weekend include the record breaking heat that will continue the next two days with temperatures 10 – 20° warmer than average, sustained winds up to 20 mph and even stronger wind gusts along with humidity down to around 8 – 15%.


These Red Flag warnings are in effect through Saturday in some areas. Therefore, we are seeing more and more counties and cities placing a ban on fireworks for the holiday weekend. Forks, WA even cancelled their public 4th of July fireworks display.

Officials have said it is just too dangerous with how rapidly a fire would spread in these conditions. In addition to a ban on fireworks, some areas have banned campfires and outdoor grilling. Counties and cities from California all the way up to Washington.

Please check with your local officials for exact details on the dangers and bans in your areas.

Here at WeatherNation we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony

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