Fire season in Curry County, with its many restrictions, begins Monday — and it’s a good thing, too.

While the area has received a little bit of rain in June, things are drying out fast, and an errant bottle rocket, discarded cigarette or unattended burn pile could be disastrous — in our forests, on our beaches and in our neighborhoods.

We urge people to resist lighting their own pyrotechnic displays, and instead, enjoy the professionally-managed firework shows scheduled July 4 in many coastal cities.

If you absolutely must light fireworks, please practice caution when using the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks.

After July 4, it’s imperative we continue to practice fire-safe procedures. Many fires reported each year have been sparked by human carelessness.

It would be best to refrain from doing any type of burning, permit or not. If you do choose to use fire, here are some tips to reduce the risks:

•If campfires are allowed where you are camping, extinguish them completely.

•Use care when barbecuing, keeping the ground under and around the barbecue clear of vegetation and away from combustible material or structures.

•If you must smoke when in the forest, please use an ashtray and make sure the cigarette is out when done.

If you have any questions about burning or want more information about fire-safe procedures, call your local fire department or the Coos Forest Protective Association at 541-672-6507.

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