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Emergency Agencies Respond to Holiday

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Almost all the police and fire departments in the area have stepped up staff and patrols on Friday night as they continue to deal with the Fourth of July holiday.

After the sunset on Independence day, there have been numerous calls of firework fires, many that were completely or nearly put out by community members by the time fire officials arrived.

Fire agencies say they are on high alert tonight because most of the area are in high to extreme fire risk already. Many fire departments had several fires caused by fireworks getting out of hand and sparking dry grass or brush.

“The problem with the Fourth of July, it really isn’t the conditions as much as the starts, and people start a lot of fire. Normally the Fourth of July isn’t quite as dry so it’s not that big of an issue but it’s pretty dry this year,” said Ken Goodson with Medford Fire Department.

Many police departments in the area also had additional officers on duty to patrol streets. Departments like Central Point said they will be looking for illegal fireworks, reckless or disorderly conduct, and driving while intoxicated.