SELMA, Ore--- Every year people bring illegal fireworks to Lake Selmac.
"They've been going on for a long time." said Lynn Fuller. She works at Smoke on the Water Resort. It's right next to Lake Selmac.
This is the only park in Josephine County that allows any fireworks to be set off. "It is a tradition. I've been coming out here for a better part of 15 years for it." said Fuller. She has mixed feelings about fireworks at the lake. There are some positivists. "It gets really busy. Like we are going to have a full park here for 4th of July." said Fuller. She also has some concerns. "Things catching on fire and people not picking up their mess."
"Every year we have our 3 or 4 rangers that help patrol. This year I believe the Josephine County Sheriff's and the Illinois Valley Fire District, and ODF will have a few guys out there as well to help us patrol it." said Josh Sabota. He is the lead Park Ranger for Josephine County Parks. He tells me this year any illegal fireworks that are found will be confiscated. That person could also receive a citation.
Some people wonder why the county allows fireworks at the lake at all. "If we don't have a safe spot to put them they are just going to go else where and do them at their houses, back of dead end roads or in the mountains and it could become bigger liability." said Sabota.
"If we can have people come out and do it in the water, professionally then I think it would be ok." said Fuller.
If you are setting up fireworks at the lake or anywhere this year. Make sure to have water to put out the fireworks or any fires that may start.