At last week's meeting, the Johnson County Commissioners voted to put partial fire restrictions in place, on the recommendation of Fire Warden Rick Farris and the Fire Chiefs of both the Powder River Fire District in Kaycee and Johnson County Fire District One in Buffalo.
In the Resolution passed by the commission, a portion of it reads “Discharge of fireworks is prohibited, except planned burning or group organized fireworks displays are permitted provided written permission of the fire chief of the corresponding fire district is obtained.”
That sentence has apparently caused some confusion, causing some residents to call the fire districts and the fire warden to find out what they need to do so they can shoot off fireworks.
After a meeting between the fire chiefs and himself Monday night, Fire Warden Rick Farris discussed their decision with the county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, saying there will be no issuing of special permits or written permission given to anyone to shoot fireworks off this year. As far as he and the fire chiefs are concerned, they are banned in Johnson County this summer.
Farris explains further.
For those still thinking of shooting off fireworks, remember the cost of fire suppression will be borne by those shooting them off, and Farris said they will be “coming after” anyone who causes a fire.