Many of you may celebrate the 4th of July by lighting up fireworks for your own personal show. The Shreveport Fire Department has a tip for you to keep the holiday safe and fun.
"It's a fun time of the year, but there is a very real danger that goes along with fireworks," Chief Louis Johnson said. He points out that the current dry conditions around the Ark-La-Tex presents a fire risk. In fact, the U.S. Drought Monitor has most of Arkansas under a severe drought with several placed under extreme. Burn bans have been enacted in several areas of the state. Moderate drought conditions are into parts of East Texas and North Louisiana. The more local areas are abnormally dry, but Johnson says the area's vegetation is getting venerable.
"Any grass, all the brush and everything is very dry. It's kindling," he said.
He warns that fireworks aren't the only thing that could spark a blaze. Johnson says now is not the time to burn any sort of debris.
"The smartest thing, and what the fire department would recommend, is not outside burning whatsoever," he said.
Johnson says if you do burn debris or ignight fireworks to do so using precaution by having a source of water nearby.