Personal fireworks forbidden on North Coast

ktanner@thetribunenews.comJuly 3, 2013 

Please — please — don’t use personal fireworks, sparklers or open flames of any kind on the North Coast. That’s what firefighters, park rangers and law enforcers are reminding residents and visitors.

Professionally handled pyrotechnics at Shamel Park today, July 4, are the only fireworks allowed.

Period.

No personal fireworks or incendiary devices of any sort are permitted, not even so-called “safe and sane” ones allowed in a few communities. Penalties can range from confiscation of fireworks to arrest and a $2,000 fine.

And no beachside fires are allowed.

But the admonitions in this extra-dry year go beyond laws. Firefighters are pleading for people to use common sense in “this extra-dry time, with the drought and the high temperatures,” said Fire Chief Mark Miller of the Cambria Fire Department. “We’re really asking people to use common sense and avoid using any type of fireworks, sparklers or open flames, and to be extra careful with their own personal barbecues and fire pits.”

“We’re starting to get to the peak of our fire season” conditions, which normally don’t arrive until fall, Miller said. “We didn’t get a lot of June gloom (fog) this year,” which can help keep surface greenery green.

Rob Lewin, Cal Fire’s chief in San Luis Obispo County, advised by email that “the vegetation in the county is so dry it is losing leaves and turning color as if it was already fall. We need residents and guests … to use extreme caution.”

Cambria Fire Captain Steve Bitto advised that “right now, humidity’s pretty low. This weather pattern plays right into fire’s hands.”

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