Today, Tuesday, June 23rd, marks the first day firework stands can open across Oregon. Late June and early July is the time of year first responders see a spike in careless and reckless fires started by the use of both legal and illegal fireworks.
The Medford Police Department would like to remind citizens that legal fireworks used in a non-prohibited area within the City of Medford is allowed only from July 1st through July 6th.
The use of all fireworks is prohibited in the following areas: the Hazardous Wildfire area east of North Foothill Rd., the Bear Creek Greenway, any City Park and any public school property (Municipal Code 7.022).
To discourage the use of illegal fireworks, the Medford City Council amended the Medford Municipal Code (Municipal Code 7.023) last year to increase the fine amount for the use of illegal fireworks to $2,500.
Donít let the spring rain fool you, itís summertime and we are in fire season. Preventing massive dry grass and tall weed fires is extremely important to the City of Medford.
MPD encourages those who plan to use fireworks this season do so safely and responsibly. Stay safe out there!
Municipal Codes for Reference
Medford Municipal Code 7.023 restricts the use of illegal fireworks anywhere in the City limits and carries a fine amount of $2,500. Illegal fireworks are defined as any firework or device that explodes, flies into the air, behaves in an uncontrolled or unpredictable manner, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally.
Medford Municipal Code 7.022 restricts the use of legal fireworks in a prohibited area. Prohibited areas in the City of Medford include: the Hazardous Wildfire area east of N. Foothill Rd., the Bear Creek Greenway, any City Park, and any public school property. Legal (consumer) fireworks are defined as any firework that does not explode, does not fly into the air, does not behave in an uncontrolled or unpredictable manner, and does not travel more than 12 feet horizontally.
Lieutenant Trevor Arnold
Medford Police Department