Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CAL FIRE News: Safely Celebrating the 4th

Safely Celebrating the 4th

Camino – Every year CAL FIRE responds to multiple wildland fires caused by safe and sane fireworks putting people’s lives and property in jeopardy. Because of this risk, CAL FIRE’s Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan is encouraging everyone in Amador county to enjoy the fireworks show on Sunday July 3rd at Jackson Junior High School. Chief Keenan says “it is a great place to see the fireworks, play games and dine with your friends and family. It is centrally located and the safest way to view a wonderful fireworks display. The Jackson Lions Club hosts the event which runs from 5-9:30 PM.”

Amador County local ordinance #7.34.030 forbids the use and possession of “safe and sane” fireworks in all areas of the County with the exception of the city limits of Jackson, Sutter Creek, Plymouth and Ione. This means that if you purchase the fireworks, they must be used within the city limits, they cannot be used outside these specific areas or the person(s) face criminal prosecution.

There is a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to the use or possession of fireworks (with the exception of the cities of Jackson, Sutter Creek and Ione) by CAL FIRE, local fire districts and the local law enforcement agencies.
“Take the high road and play by the rules and set the best example for your family and neighbors and don’t buy fireworks and bring them into the areas where they are illegal. If you do and you get caught, not only will your fireworks be confiscated, you may be cited, facing misdemeanor charges that include up to SIX months in jail or a $500 fine or both. It simply isn’t worth the risk, especially when we have an excellent fireworks display for everyone to enjoy” adds Chief Keenan.

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