Call for safety and awareness on July 4th
Originally published as a CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Facebook post –
“MARIPOSA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection would like to remind Eastern Madera and Mariposa County residents of the fire danger and use of illegal fireworks. All fireworks, including “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in Mariposa County as well as all areas east of the Madera Canal in Madera County. A public display will be available at Bass Lake on July 4th at 9:00 PM.
CAL FIRE Peace Officers will be out in full force. ANyone caught with fireworks wil be cited and fireworks confiscated. Violation of firewroks laws are subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year ina county jail. However, if large quantities of dangerous fireworks are found, prosecutors could charge the violator with a felony, punishable by up to three years in the Californai State Prison and fines up to $50,000.
In addition to Peace Officers, CAL FIRE Volunteers in Prevention (VIPs), Amateur Radio Operators (HAMs), Madera County Fire and Mariposa County Fire, will be conducting fire patrol. The extra staffing provides CAL FIRE with additional “eyes and ears” for heightened awareness for the public. Each patrol is made up of volunteers in radio equipped mobile units assigned to designated routes in the Madera-MAriposa-Merced Unit (MMU). They will report fires in their early stages, identiofy and report situations that may cause fires and will be highly visible to serve as a deterrent to arsonists.
We are heading into the summer months under drought conditions and critical water levels. It is important for everyone to do their part to prevent wildfires,”
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