Fire officials warn you to not start any campfires outside of fire pits. There's a burn ban in place all across Washington. It affects state-owned forest land and is in effect through the end of September. Fires are allowed in pre-made pits only.
And some rules to be aware of on the 4th of July:
- In Walla Walla and in Zillah - fireworks are allowed on the 4th from 9:00 a.m. to midnight only. Each city only allows you to set off fireworks bought within that city's limits.
- In Kennewick, Pasco and Yakima - fireworks are banned. Violating that ban could get you a big fine and up to a year in jail.
- In Richland, West Richland and Benton City - non-aerial fireworks are allowed. Each city only allows you to set off fireworks bought within that city's limits.
Illegal fireworks can be quite dangerous - leave the big stuff to the experts and stick to the legal fireworks: