Summer wildfire risk high, experts urge caution with firearms, fireworks

Published: Friday, June 1 2012 5:26 p.m. MDT

Fireworks are prohibited on federal lands, but Rigby said that doesn't stop some people.

"They know that they'll get caught if they stay in town," she said.

In March, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law limiting the time fireworks can be used to the week surrounding the Fourth of July and the week surrounding the July 24th Pioneer Day celebration. Previously, fireworks could be shot off anytime between June 26 to July 26.

"We know that fireworks are a popular way to celebrate holidays, but we stress they need to be used carefully," said Jason Asay, spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Asay said people should only set off fireworks in open areas away from other people, buildings or dry vegetation, and they should be prepared with a garden hose or bucket of water. After fireworks are used, they should be soaked in water and left in an outdoor, covered and fireproof container, he said.

E-mail: hschwarz@desnews.com

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