(NEWBERG, OR) – Following an emergency meeting of the Newberg City Council on July 2, 2021, the City of Newberg has declared a State of Emergency that includes a ban on all fireworks through July 19, 2021. The Council declared a state of emergency due to the extremely dry conditions created by record breaking temperatures in the last week that heightened already dry conditions. Due to these conditions, the City of Newberg is placing a temporary ban on all firework use through July 19th. The state of emergency will last through August 1st.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department will have extra officers patrolling through the July 4th weekend. Fireworks may be confiscated and violators will be subject to fines. 4th of July weekend is typically a very busy weekend for first responders and often creates many priority calls for service. If you need to report fireworks this weekend, please call our non-emergency number at 503-538-8321. Please do not call 911 to report firework use.

The City of Newberg is served by the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) district. TVF&R is urging people to not use fireworks this holiday to ensure community safety. Additionally, due to the dangerous conditions, TVF&R has enacted a High-Fire Danger Burn Ban throughout the fire district which prohibits backyard open burning, agricultural burning, and any other land clearing or controlled burning.

The City of Newberg also asks the community to please consider the safety of your neighbors, our firefighters and the community as a whole. Dry weather has created conditions in which a single wayward spark could set off a much larger fire incident. Even fireworks considered legal in Oregon can create dangerous conditions when they contact dry grass or vegetation.

We are asking that you please keep the safety of the community in mind this year and do not use fireworks.