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Fireworks Put Firefighters on Guard

New Years Eve is just a couple of days away. Last Fourth of July fireworks were banned but this holiday season its not. Because of that firefighters believe more people could be out igniting fireworks and it's enough to put them on guard.

I'm going over the trucks, making sure they're ready for the upcoming weekend," said Lake Arrowhead Fire Chief, Mike Hall. "With it being New Years and the possibility of fireworks we never know what to expect."

Fire Chief Mike Hall has worked New Years Eve plenty of times in the past. From fires to medical
calls, nothing is out of the ordinary but this time around it's different from years past.

"Not having people able to shoot fireworks for the Fourth of July could increase the amount of people coming out," said Hall.

And while that may not work in his favor the moist ground will.

"We've been getting good dews at night and having mist coming down," he said.

"Right now the conditions are really favorable for not starting a fire," said Burkburnett Fire Chief Rodney Ryalls.

Not all the grass is green and wet, that's why Ryalls says people need to plan ahead
of time on the location for popping fireworks.

"There are areas of dry grass and dry vegetation that would burn. I think people need to be cautious of where they are setting off fireworks at any time," he said.

With 28 firefighters on his department and a smaller crew at Lake Arrowhead both men say crews will remain on standby, mentally preparing themselves for what could happen but always
hoping for the best.

"Be safe and think about what you're doing for New Years and enjoy!" 

They suggest you have water nearby in case a small fire does start. To read more about safety measures click here

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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