Assessing local fire danger this 4th of July

June 29, 2022
Assessing local fire danger
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 5:44 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s that time of summer when we hear the explosive sounds of celebration to commemorate our country’s independence from Great Britain 246 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the lack of precipitation this past winter and continued dry conditions, some will not be able to celebrate with fireworks this 4th of July.

Looking at this week’s current drought numbers, about 88 percent of the state is abnormally dry, 83 percent under a moderate drought, 42 percent seeing severe drought and a little under 4% with extreme drought conditions. What I want to draw your attention to first is the expanded area around Lincoln and York where you are now completely out of the drought. in these areas, setting off fireworks will not be as much as a concern. However, if we turn our attention to areas west, for example, Johnson Lake just south of Lexington, things are still a bit brittle with ongoing severe drought conditions. because of this, Johnson Lake firework’s committee decided to postpone their fire works. the Johnson Lake fireworks committee put out a statement stating, “Fire dangers continue to increase, so officials decided to proactively call off the show. as conditions are not expected to improve before July 4 and will potentially worsen.” They did go on to say that tentatively July 9th would be the rescheduled date if conditions improve. whether dry or not, no matter where you may decide to ignite your 4th of July pyrotechnics, be aware of your surroundings. Don’t burn or be burned. Instead, stay safe this Independence Day.

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