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  • Cal Fire warns about threat of wildfire caused by fireworks

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  • Local authorities are reminding citizens that fireworks of any type are illegal in the city of Hesperia.
    Anyone possessing, transporting or using fireworks in Hesperia is at risk of court appearances and fines.
    Fireworks of any kind are illegal, including sparklers any other kind of safe-and-sane fireworks. In years past, the fire protection district has responded to multiple burn injuries and finger amputations from fireworks.
    And as many Californians and visitors will be celebrating the holiday with fireworks, Cal Fire is also urging extreme caution during California's drought emergency. Officials say it can take hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control a large wildfire.
    Effective July 1, 2014, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott ordered a ban on open burning throughout the 31 million acres of state responsibility area protected by Cal Fire due to the elevated threat of wildfire caused by the drought emergency.
    “The drought has increased the threat of wildfire in California,” Pimlott said in a written statement. “We are urging the public to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending a professional fireworks display. For those who choose to use fireworks to celebrate, make sure fireworks are allowed in the area of use and follow all safety precautions. You don’t want to ruin your celebration by becoming financially responsible for a fire caused by your activities.”
    There are multiple locations in the Victor Valley to safely view fireworks presentations on Friday. For a full list, see the Weekender magazine in Friday’s Daily Press.
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