SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - The Fourth of July is approaching next week and fire officials in Shasta County are warning people about firework dangers.
The Shasta County Arson Task Force wants people to understand how quickly fireworks can start a fire, especially in hot and dry conditions.
They say no matter how big or small a firework can appear, they all have the potential to start a fire.
Fireworks are illegal in Shasta County. Those caught with them can face a heft fine.
"Minimally there is an administrative citation which is a civil citation of up to $250, or you can be issued a criminal citation in addition to getting your fireworks confiscated," said Craig Wittner, a Redding fire marshal.
Wittner said a family setting off fireworks started a multi-acre fire last year. They were fined more than $26,000.
Officials remind people that even if they buy fireworks somewhere legal, they are not allowed to be brought into Shasta County.