Firework Safety

July 4 is around the corner, and Firework sales begin today across the County. Everyone is encouraged to take safety precautions, especially in the wake of last year’s devastating fire season.  In Amador County, Fireworks are only legal in Jackson, Sutter Creek, Ione and Plymouth.  All other areas of the county are off limits. Across the river in Calaveras County, the only area with a Fireworks ban is the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, which serves communities along Highway 4 between Forest Meadows and Tamarack.  According to Ione Fire Chief Ken Mackey, all fireworks must be “safe and sane,” as approved by the state fire marshal, but remember, what is considered safe and sane is still an incendiary device and if it gets in the grass, a spark can have serious consequences.  Do not light illegal fireworks, as these have a greater chance to start a fire.  Light on large concrete areas, like a parking lot, where there is no chance of a spark getting into the dry vegetation and never light fireworks on a windy day. Make sure the fireworks are fully extinguished before throwing them away.  Have a water source, such as a garden hose or five gallon bucket readily available.  Last year, no major incidents were reported in Amador County resulting from Fireworks, but in Calaveras County, illegal fireworks, started 3 fires in the New Hogan Dam area.

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