Fire district sees only a few fireworks-related problems

While it may not have sounded quiet on the Fourth of July, Clallam County Fire District 3 reports crews responded to four small fireworks-related incidents over the weekend.

Contributor Bob Lampert used five

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While it may not have sounded quiet on the Fourth of July, Clallam County Fire District 3 reports crews responded to four small fireworks-related incidents over the weekend.

Assistant Chief Dan Orr said on July 3, fire crews extinguished grass fires on O’Brien Road near Port Angeles and Holgerson Road in Dungeness and a trash can fire in downtown Sequim. He said all were fireworks-related and the largest grass fire grew to 3 feet by 10 feet.

On July 4, fire crews responded to one fireworks-related call on Port Williams Road.

Later in the night, the fire district responded to a fire up Deer Park Road at 10 p.m. near Olympic National Forest.

Orr said fire crews discovered a 30-foot snag that appeared to have been intentionally lit on fire resulting in a 30-foot fire around it.

Fire crews extinguished the fire after two hours and they called the Department of Natural Resources to fall the dead tree.

PenCom reports residents with Sequim addresses called in alleged fireworks violations — no times on July 1, three times on July 2, six on July 3, and reports for July 4 were not fully available by press time.

Orr said there were no reported fireworks injuries in the Sequim area called in.

Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue responded to two fires on the Fourth of July. The first was a roof fire at 2040 S. Shore Road in the Lake Sutherland community near Rustic Lane. Fire crews report it likely was caused by fireworks and that citizens controlled the blaze with hoses.

A brush fire also was reported that night near 400 Charles Road on the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Reservation. Fire crews arrived to 10-foot high flames over 200 square feet and spreading quickly, fire officials report.

It was extinguished at around 11:20 p.m. Civilians were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, fire officials report.

Discharging fireworks is  illegal in Clallam County and the City of Sequim as of July 5.


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