Okanogan County code prohibits fireworks in all unincorporated areas of the county.
Winthrop and Twisp do not have ordinances prohibiting fireworks, but in light of the current extreme fire danger, town officials advise against using fireworks this year.
Winthrop Marshal Rikki Schwab asks that people use only “safe-and-sane” fireworks within town limits if they do use fireworks.
“Small things like sparklers are OK, but nothing that would start a fire,” Schwab said. “I would prefer that people refrain from lighting fireworks altogether given the county-wide burn ban and dangerous fire conditions.”
According to the fireworks industry, “safe-and-sane” fireworks, by definition, do not leave the ground, shoot projectiles into the air or explode in any way. “Safe-and-sane” fireworks may include sparklers, fountains, smoke balls and snakes, and pinwheels.
Fireworks are forbidden in Twisp parks, and any noisemakers discharged after 10 p.m. may be in violation of Twisp’s noise ordinance, according to Police Clerk Vicki Hallowell.
Fireworks are prohibited on all state parks property and on national forest lands.
“All areas of the forest are very dry and we are concerned about the use of fireworks on lands adjacent to the national forest,” said Fire Staff Officer Keith Satterfield of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
“We have late-July dry forest conditions occurring right now in late June, a full month early,” Satterfield said. “Due to the above-normal fire danger and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, additional firefighting resources will be standing by in case a wildfire starts.”
Lawbreakers can be subject to a citation and a fine up to $500 or up to six months in prison, or both. If a wildfire results from an individual’s use of fireworks, that person can be found liable for the cost of suppressing the fire.