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June 30, 2015



The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the general public to use due care and caution during the 4th of July weekend.  With the extremely dry conditions, and the continued warm and dry weather, fireworks and recreational burning can be very hazardous if not done safely and legally. While there are still various areas throughout Grays Harbor County where the safe discharge of legal fireworks is permitted, law enforcement and fire officials are strongly encouraging residents to reduce the risk of fires and enjoy the professional fireworks displays.

Every year during this holiday weekend, law enforcement encounters individuals who discharge missile-type rockets (i.e. - bottle rockets) toward other individuals, residences, forested areas, hay fields, or the sand dunes.  Given the extremely dry conditions, this type of behavior can have devastating results.  Deputies will aggressively pursue individuals who are discharging these types of fireworks in the above mentioned manner.  Individuals who are found committing these types of acts will be facing Unlawful Discharge / Use of Fireworks, or Reckless Burning 2nd Degree charges, both of which are gross misdemeanors.  If the person’s actions cause injury or start a fire, the subject will be looking at felony charges.

This is a public safety announcement.  The Sheriff’s Office truly hopes all will have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.  Below will be the various restrictions throughout the county for the discharge of fireworks and recreational burning.

Steve Shumate

Chief Criminal Deputy


Public Fireworks Displays

  • Rich Hartman 5 Star Dealership Splash Festival Fireworks Display is Saturday July 4th at Morrison Park, Aberdeen @ 9 PM
  • Fourth of July Public Fireworks Display, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, Ocean Shores, WA  Saturday, July 4th  at 10:00pm
  • Booming Bay Fireworks Display, Westport WA, Saturday, July 4 at Firecracker Point in the Boat basin at dusk
  • Shoalwater Bay Casino Fireworks Display, (Tokeland WA), July 4th at dusk
  • Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma WA, Sat. July 11th (Following car races)


  • If discharging fireworks along the beaches, remember to move closer to the water and point towards the ocean to prevent sparks from landing in the dry dune areas.
  • Use extreme caution when discharging fireworks around other people, pets and children.
  • DO NOT drink adult beverages and discharge fireworks. Countless injuries occur each year linking alcohol consumption and discharging fireworks.
  • Please DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Designate a driver to transport everyone home safely from your holiday activities.
  • Please be courteous and remove your debris when you leave the beach. Soak all fireworks debris in water and dispose of it properly. DO NOT put fireworks debris in your car or in trash receptacles unless it has been thoroughly soaked in water.

City of Aberdeen has adopted the following restrictions:

  • Discharge of fireworks is allowed only on July 4th 9:00 AM until 12:00 midnight.
  • Lawful fireworks are defined as common fireworks labeled U.N. 0336 1.4G.
  • Recreation fire in approved burn pits per IFC still allowed at this time as well as BBQ LPG / Charcoal appliances.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, the state statutes and regulations adopted herein is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Cosmopolis bans aerial firework discharge in residential areas

  • They are only allowed to be discharged in Cosmopolis from 6pm to midnight on the 4th of July.
  • All aerial projectile fireworks are prohibited in residential areas, they may however be discharged at the Cosmo Specialty Fibers boat launch.
  • Ground-based fireworks may be discharged between 6:00 PM and Midnight on the Fourth of July only.

Violations of the order will be considered violations of Cosmopolis Municipal Code, and will be dealt with accordingly.


  • Fireworks allowed from 9am to midnight on July 3rd & 4th ONLY

Ocean ShoresAbsolutely No Beach Fires!

Fireworks can only be discharged during the following dates and hours:

  • July 2nd and 3rd between the hours of twelve p.m. and eleven p.m.
  • July 4th between the hours of twelve p.m. and twelve midnight.
  • Only legal fireworks may be discharged. Firecrackers and bottle-rocket type fireworks are not permitted.
  • Fireworks can only be discharged on the beaches from the Damon Road beach approach (Best Western) to Marine View Drive. Fireworks cannot be discharged in town.
  • Fireworks cannot be used within 100 feet of the dunes or fired into the dunes.
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged from decks or balconies of hotels, motels, or any residential properties.

WestportNo Fireworks permitted within City limits

  • Fireworks may be discharged along beach at Half Moon Bay, 9am – 11pm, No Other Areas Permitted.
  • Fireworks cannot be used within 100 feet of the dunes or fired into the dunes

Elma, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville are permitting the safe discharge of legal fireworks according to local ordinance. Please check with your local jurisdiction for specific details.

  • Fireworks allowed now through  July 3rd  from 9am -11pm
  • Fireworks allowed on July 4th  from  9am to Midnight
  • July 5th - Fireworks allowed from  9am to 11pm
  • Check with your local jurisdiction for more specific details)

Unincorporated Grays Harbor County is allowing safe discharge of legal fireworks.

  • Fireworks allowed now through  July 3rd  from 9am -11pm
  • Fireworks allowed on July 4th  from  9am to Midnight
  • July 5th - Fireworks allowed from  9am to 11pm
  • Check with your local jurisdiction for more specific details)
  • Recreational Campfires will ONLY be allowed on private property in the following manner:
  1. The campfire can be no more than 3 feet in diameter, and constructed with a ring of metal, stone or brick 8” above ground surface, with a 2 foot wide area outside of the ring cleared to the soil.
  2. The area must be at least 10 feet away, all around from any possible flammable material and 20 feet clear of overhead materials (trees, bushes)
  3. The fire must be attend to by a person 16 years or older with a shovel, a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
  • Outdoor cooking at your private residence is allowed in an approved appliance using charcoal, wood, gas or propane.


Washington State Parks announced a ban on campfires in all state parks because of extreme dry conditions and hot weather.

The fire ban also extends to all ocean beaches with the exception of federal and tribal lands. (If you are planning to visit those sites, please check with the local jurisdiction for burn ban restrictions)

Currently, Washington State Parks are under a Level 4 – Extreme fire ban or higher. A Level 4 ban means that fires are restricted to gas and propane self-contained camping stoves. No charcoal or wood fires will be allowed in State Parks, even in designated fire rings.

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, parks officials remind the public that fireworks are never allowed on state parks property. Governor Inslee has asked citizens to consider celebrating without fireworks this Fourth of July to prevent accidental ignition of the extreme dry, tinder-like brush and grasses in park and beach dune areas.

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Division of Emergency Management

Emergency Management Role in Grays Harbor County

The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for developing and maintaining a Countywide infrastructure for emergency/disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

This is accomplished by means of a cooperative, multi-jurisdictional organization which includes the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores, Westport, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Quinault Indian Nation, all 15 County Fire Districts and every Grays Harbor County Department.

Emergency Operations Center


DEM is responsible for maintaining the EOC in a constant state of readiness. During a countywide disaster, the EOC becomes the hub of information gathering and dissemination, strategic decision making, resource allocation and incident coordination. Representatives from law enforcement, fire services and public health, environmental health, EMS, as well as other organizations from throughout the county work together to coordinate the response.

Division Functions

The Division of Emergency Management actively prepares for and participates in the following functions:
Disaster Planning
Disaster/Emergency Response Planning
Disaster/Emergency Recovery Planning
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Emergency Preparedness
Exercises for Disaster & Emergency Response
Hazardous Materials Response Planning
Public Education & Outreach
Responder Training


The StormReady program helps community leaders prepare their communities for severe weather. Severe weather includes thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, high heat, high winds, and extreme cold weather. Although no community is storm proof, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives through planning, education, and awareness.

TsunamiReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations by being sufficiently prepared to save lives in the event of a Tsunami through better planning, education and awareness. Although no community is tsunami proof, being TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to our community.

Grays Harbor County has received both designations of StormReady and TsunamiReady. DEM continues to work on planning, education and awareness.