Yreka, Calif. — CAL FIRE officials say recent high temperatures and drying winds have created extreme fire risks, and has much of Northern California has red flag warnings.
Many California counties ban fireworks altogether, and the state has strict guidelines about what fireworks are approved.
Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other miscellaneous types that explode, go up in the air, or move about the ground in an uncontrollable fashion.
California also strictly prohibits fireworks from being brought in from any other state, and have put up signs at inspection stations with a reminder.
In preparation for the holiday weekend, CAL FIRE is working closely with local law enforcement and firefighting agencies to seize illegal fireworks and prosecute those found in possession of them. This year, CAL FIRE is encouraging the public to celebrate by attending a professional show either at the Fairgrounds in Yreka or in Mt. Shasta over Lake Siskiyou.
CAL FIRE officials want to remind those who choose to purchase legal fireworks this year, to make sure they purchase only those with the “Safe and Sane” California State Fire Marshal seal.
CAL FIRE officials also say to keep water sources nearby when shooting fireworks and never alter or modify fireworks.