|July 4th fun should include fire and fireworks safety|
|Friday, 29 June 2012 16:30|
Bob Thompson with the US Forest Service says, "It only takes one little spark and you can literally start something that'll go tens of thousands of acres." That's the fear as dry conditions prevail and fireworks season approaches. Although most of us think of this caliber when we think of Fourth of July fireworks it's this caliber that's now on sale to the general public. And fire crews say no matter what kind of spark if left to burn, it can have disastrous consequences. You see, the Black Hills has already seen its fair share of wildfires this year and officials are urging on the side of caution. Thompson says, "Right now, the only place you can have a camp fire in the Black Hills is in an approved campground approved area. Going without a campfire actually is the best way." So hold off on those roasted marshmallows. And if firecrackers are a must for your summertime celebrations. Brent Long with the RCFD says, "Always know what you're playing with. Fireworks, never want to point them at anybody, don't want anybody to get inured by them and as far as the fire side, always watch to see where they go and where they land." After all, crews say with major fires burning in Colorado and other parts of the region resources are stretched thin so don't let plans to light up the sky turn into a night of lighting up the forest.