Severe drought conditions in the Southwest won't do much to damper fireworks this Fourth of July weekend—not even in the state that's been hit the hardest.
"The drought is certainly raising concerns for firefighters, but we'll have about 300 towns and cities across the state holding their firework displays which is normal for us," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
Berlant said that the devastating drought in the Golden State, now in its third year, is not enough of a problem to prohibit firework displays or ban sales of "safe and legal" fireworks to residents.
But he said that fire officials across the state will be on high alert and be ready to put out any fires caused by fireworks.
California has had more than 2,500 wild fires so far this year—far beating the average of 800 a year, according to CAL FIRE.
Low water supplies from the drought as well as parched land have put an extra strain on firefighters in California and in other Western states.
"We are urging people to be safe and make sure people check with their local fire departments to see what fireworks are allowed in their area," Berlant said.