Fireworks ignited over a dozen fires in Boise over July 4 weekend, officials say

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As of Monday afternoon, the Boise Fire Department had responded to 24 fires during the Fourth of July weekend — more than half caused by fireworks.

Fireworks resulted in 15 fires over the holiday weekend, said Haley Williams, Boise Fire Department spokesperson. No citations have been issued related to illegal fireworks, Williams said in an email.

Nine fires from the weekend were either unrelated to fireworks or are still under investigation, she said.

The fires occurred despite the urging of Idaho fire scientists and fire management agencies for people to avoid using fireworks this year. Scientists and agencies were concerned about heightened drought and wildfire risk.

The Ada County Commission and Blaine County Commission each voted on a fireworks ban in unincorporated areas of the counties ahead of July 4.

The majority of calls for the Boise Fire Department resulted in a quick response and little or no property damage, Williams said.

She said the numbers may change because the department is still filing reports.

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