Recent hot weather and lack of rain have created extremely dangerous conditions for fires to start and spread and the Kirkland Fire Department is asking the community to be extra cautious this year.
Discharging fireworks is illegal within Kirkland city limits and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency prohibits outdoor burning such as burning yard waste or garbage in all urban areas of King County. Additionally, the Kirkland Fire Department is asking that people refrain from using fire pits or starting small fires in their backyards at this time.
“These past few days, we’ve seen unusually hot weather for this time of year and record-setting temperatures,” said Kirkland Fire Chief Joe Sanford. “With no rain in sight, this makes for extremely dangerous conditions for fires to start and spread. In this hot, dry heat, fires can move quickly and put neighborhoods at risk.”
In accordance with Kirkland Municipal Code Chapter 11.60, the sale, possession and discharge of personal fireworks are prohibited in Kirkland city limits, with penalties of up to $1,000.
Kirkland’s fireworks ban went into effect in 1999 to help eliminate property damage, injury, and fires. Kirkland Fire and Police will be conducting emphasis patrols on July 4 to ensure compliance with the fireworks ban. If you see or hear others in your neighborhood setting off fireworks and there is an immediate threat to life or property, including a fire or injuries, call 911.
Each year, nearly 20,000 fires are started and more than 9,000 injuries are caused by consumer fireworks across the country. The only safe and legal way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a permitted display open to the public such as in Auburn, Bellevue, Carnation, Edmonds, Monroe, and Puyallup. The City of Kirkland looks forward to the return of the regular “Celebrate Kirkland” 4th of July events in 2022.
“For yourself, your family, and your neighbors, please enjoy your summer safely,” said Chief Sanford.