MEDFORD, Ore. -- Fireworks are officially on sale but fire officials are warning the public about the restrictions on using them. Fireworks tents set up across southern Oregon on Saturday, the same day the fire danger level increased from low to moderate. Now state officials, safety experts and conservationists want to get the word out on what fireworks are considered legal and how to use them safely in Oregon.
“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is approaching extreme conditions and there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”
Fireworks cannot be used at all on public land—including national forestland, Oregon state parks and beaches.
Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground—unless given permission by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM). Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon without a permit.
The city of Medford prohibits the use of fireworks along the Bear Creek Greenway, within city parks and school and in wildfire risk areas. That includes areas east of Foothill Road, North Phoenix Road, and north of Cherry Lane.