California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Amador-El Dorado Unit
CONTACT: Teri Mizuhara, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 530.708.2724
RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2011
Safely Celebrating the 4th
NO Fireworks in El Dorado County
Camino - CAL FIRE's Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan is encouraging everyone in El Dorado County to celebrate Independence Day by attending one of the following local events:
- Saturday July 2nd, Cameron Park Lake, Cameron Park from Noon to 10 PM. Fun and games for the entire family. Fireworks spectacular in the evening
- Saturday July 2nd, El Dorado County Fairground, Placerville from 4-10 PM. Have a blast and enjoy the fireworks show, music, food and fun for all.
- Sunday July 3rd, El Dorado Hills Towne Center, El Dorado Hills from 4-10PM. A jubilee of entertainment for the whole family ending with a fireworks program to be remembered.
"These events are a great place to celebrate Independence Day with your friends and family" says Chief Kelly Keenan, "and it is the safest way to enjoy
a fireworks display. Don't forget that El Dorado County local ordinance #8.08.050 forbids the use and possession of "safe and sane" fireworks commonly sold in surrounding areas
like Sacramento because of the risk of wildfires. Every year CAL FIRE responds to wildland fires caused by safe and sane fireworks, putting people's lives and property in jeopardy."
There is "zero tolerance" when it comes to the use or possession of fireworks in El Dorado County by CAL FIRE, local fire districts and the local law enforcement agencies. "Play by
the rules and set the best example for your family and neighbors and don't buy fireworks and bring them into this county. If you do and you get caught, not only will your fireworks
be confiscated, you may be cited, facing misdemeanor charges that include up to SIX months in jail or a $500 fine or both. It isn't worth the risk, especially when we have a several
excellent fireworks display for everyone to enjoy" adds Chief Keenan.