The emergency declaration in Bend that banned fireworks for the Fourth of July weekend is being extended through August, according to the city. The extension is in response to rising temperatures and extremely dry conditions around the city.
“We appreciate the community’s assistance over the Fourth of July weekend in not using fireworks,” said Jon Skidmore, the city's chief operating officer and assistant city manager, in a statement. “We had many fewer calls for service with only one citation issued for use of fireworks. Our community stepped up and helped keep Bend safe.”
The Bend City Council is expected to ratify the declaration at its July 21 meeting. Skidmore said the city council is also likely to have a larger discussion about fireworks regulations in August.
Residents can report the use of fireworks via email at email@example.com. If fireworks are posing an immediate risk to people or property call 911.