EUGENE, Ore -- Lane County fire officials are urging people to stay alert as they celebrate the Fourth of July.
With fire dangers increasing, Tressa Miller with Lane Fire Authority is encouraging people to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Instead of setting off fireworks of your own, Miller said it's better to attend commercial displays.
Miller said those events have professional pyrotechnicians on-site operating with the proper measures in place, including having fire departments on stand-by in case of emergencies.
"Go to the public display," Miller said. "They're free or inexpensive, or a lot of times I'll go to a local community type benefit. I enjoy those. The safety features are already there; the whole family can enjoy it without having the fear of law enforcement showing up."
Miller wants to remind people that if you're going to use fireworks at home, make sure you use fireworks with the state fire marshal's stamp of approval.
Because fire danger is so high this year, the Lane County Sheriff's Office will be patrolling rural parts of the county looking for people setting off illegal fireworks.