YREKA, Calif. — Multiple municipalities in Siskiyou County are banning the sale and display of fireworks, including the "Safe and Sane" variety that are usually legal around Independence Day.
Mt. Shasta Fire announced Monday that it would prohibit public fireworks displays and sales under threat of prosecution.
"Extreme heat, local fire activity, historically low fuel moisture levels, atmospheric conditions, and a lack of available resources were all considerations in the decision to ban fireworks," the agency said. "Please continue to be vigilant and to be prepared in the case of wildfire."
The Yreka Fire Department followed suit on Tuesday, issuing a notice that all public fireworks displays and sales would be banned within the City limits until further notice.
On Tuesday evening, with the Lava Fire right on their doorstep, the City of Weed also decided to ban fireworks until further notice — citing the same terrible conditions noted by the other Siskiyou County cities.
While no doubt disappointing to those who were prepared to set off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, the decisions come while the Lava Fire rages within Siskiyou County, in addition to the Tennant Fire. Conditions have caused each of these fires to spread rapidly.