Cal Fire Prepares for Busy Night

The Fourth of July means that firefighters will be busy handling spot fires as both the pros and amateurs attempt to use fireworks safely.

Posted: Jul 4, 2018 3:46 AM
Updated: Jul 4, 2018 8:01 AM

Butte County, Calif. -- Each year serious injuries and millions of dollars in property loss occur from wildfires sparked by fireworks.

That's why they're illegal in many areas - in fact, the only places you can buy or use them in Butte County in the cities of Gridley and Oroville.

"We want people to have fun today but we also want people to be smart also. Fireworks are illegal in Butte County, they're only allowed in the City of Oroville and Gridley. So, if you're contemplating using them in Butte County there are going to be consequences - those consequences can be anything from a citation to a ticket or even up to jail," said Cal Fire Captain John Gaddie.

Between 2011 and 2016 there there were 16 fires that were proven to be caused by fireworks.

Two teenagers using illegal fireworks allegedly caused a vegetation fire in Magalia, investigators say.

The vegetation fire that began on June 30th in the area of DeSalba Lake in Magalia was determined to have been caused by two juveniles using illegal fireworks.

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