- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - State officials are warning holiday revelers that hot, dry weather and fireworks are not a great combination.

Weather forecasts are predicting a warm and dry Independence Day.

Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli says officials in southwest Washington would prefer residents plan to attend professional displays instead of setting off personal fireworks.

Most cities in Washington have local rules about fireworks, especially concerning their use on days others than July 4.

Safety guidelines remind people to soak used fireworks in water overnight before putting them in the trash. They should keep water handy if they are setting off personal fireworks, which should be done at least 25 feet away from houses, vehicles, dry vegetation and flammable materials.

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