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Most communities launch fireworks displays over water, but sparks can travel a long distance with just a little wind. (Photo: R. L. Donlon)

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) predicts an elevated risk for wildfires this Fourth of July, and residents, particularly those in wildfire-prone states, should be extra cautious with the use of fireworks, says the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

Some communities in Arizona and Colorado have canceled or imposed restrictions on fireworks displays due to the extremely dry conditions in their states. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a ban on fires and fireworks on many state lands.

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Rosalie Donlon

Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU PropertyCasualty360.com. You can contact her at [email protected]

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