GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Dry conditions have Grand Haven firefighters paying extra attention to a common hot spot during Wednesday's celebration.
As part of an annual tradition, fireworks will be launched from Dewey Hill. In past years, embers have sparked small fires or hot spots on the hill, which are more dangerous this year because of the weather. This year, 40 firefighters will be at the location during the show and have been preparing for most of the day.
"Probably about three hours before the display, we'll start wetting the area down and putting our firefighters in the places we think are most advantageous," says Lieutenant Renee Freeman with the Grand Haven Public Safety Department.
"In the event we are allocating much of the fire personnel to fight the issues over on Dewey Hill, we have to be mindful of the fact that we still are going to need personnel in the city to do the same. We're trying to find a healthy balance between that and the other issues that we face," says Freeman.
Emergency officials are also asking residents not to participate in personal firework displays or recreational fires because of the dryness.