Following the fireworks-caused brush fire at Bingen Point on July 4, the Port of Klickitat Board of Commissioners wasted no time in trying to ensure it won't happen again.
With a 3-0 vote on July 10, the Port's Board of Commissioners enacted a ban on the use of any type of fireworks on Port of Klickitat property.
"Whereas potentially catastrophic fire due to the misuse of fire or fireworks set off by the public could destroy Port-owned improvements as well as tenant improvements," read an excerpt of the resolution, "and whereas the demolition of Port buildings due to fire would place many jobs in jeopardy, and whereas fireworks debris creates extra maintenance expense, and whereas the fireworks on Port property threatens the safety of the public ... the Port does hereby ban the use of any type of fire or fireworks on any Port-owned property, unless specifically permitted by the Port."
"We know the community will be upset, because they've used the area for many years," said Dianne Sherwood, manager of the Port of Klickitat. "Our primary concern is preserving buildings that provide jobs."
The resolution approved by the commissioners applies to Port property in Dallesport as well as Bingen.