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Medford Police and Fire Crews Warn of Firework Dangers

By Rob Scott

MEDFORD, Ore. — With all of the Fourth of July festivities around the Rogue Valley, both police and fire crews are taking precaution.

Fire crews say the hot dry weather Southern Oregon has had the past few days has increased the threat of fire around the Rogue Valley. Jackson County Fire District 5 in Phoenix has doubled the amount of crews for today to twelve.

Today’s schedule is also a little different, with the extra crews on watch during the most threatening hours. Medford Police have also made sure that they have plenty of people on staff today. Police say there are no quite hours, but they usually get a peak of complaints around eleven at night and most commonly because of illegal fireworks that can wake up entire neighborhoods.

Medford Police say they expect to receive a number of noise complaints tonight. They’re encouraging you to only call 911 under certain circumstances. The curfew for loud celebrations in the city of Medford is 10 p.m. If you do want to report a noise complaint tonight, the non-emergency line number for Jackson County is 541-776-7206.