OGDEN -- Despite some of the most dangerous fire conditions in decades, several of Top of Utah cities celebrated the Fourth of July with rousing fireworks displays that went off without a hitch.
About 10 Ogden firefighters were on hand for fireworks launched around 10 p.m. Wednesday from 19th Street and Monroe Boulevard at the city's green waste facility.
Firefighters started making preparations Tuesday by placing hose lines at the site, said Ogden Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson.
Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials began wetting grass within the launch area, he said.
All of the fire department's engine companies patrolled near their stations, and police provided support east of Harrison Boulevard and in firework-restricted areas Wednesday night, Thueson said.
The only significant brush fire in the city Wednesday occurred about 6 a.m. on the Ogden River Parkway and burned less than an acre, Thueson said.
"We feel like, for the most part, people are heeding the warning we put out and are using good judgement where and when they use their fireworks," he said. "We are keeping our fingers crossed throughout the night."
The Kaysville Fire Department had about 35 firefighters stationed at Davis High School, where a fireworks display was held before a large crowd, said firefighter Lindsay Willden.
Weather conditions were favorable and played a big part in the decision to allow the fireworks to go on, she said.
Engines, brush trucks and ambulances were stationed at Davis High as a precaution.
The Kaysville Fire Department applied fire-retardant foam to the area where the fireworks were lit but did not take any other special steps in lighting the pyrotechnics, Willden said.
"Every year, we plan for this," she said. "We hope everyone else is vigilant and smart with fireworks."
In Layton, about 14 firefighters were on standby for fireworks that were shot from Layton High School, said Scott Maughan, a battalion chief for the city's fire department.
A few off-duty firefighters were called into work for the fireworks display, he said, and wind conditions were monitored throughout Wednesday to ensure it was safe to shoot off the fireworks.