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CalFire reminds public to be safe and sane

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) would like to remind Madera County residents of the fire danger and use of illegal fireworks.

CAL FIRE Peace Officers will be out in full force. Anyone caught with illegal fireworks will be cited and fireworks confiscated. Violation of fireworks laws are subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year in a 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 California State Prison and fines up to $50,000.

In addition to Peace Officers, CAL FIRE Volunteers in Prevention, Amateur Radio Operators will be patrolling. The extra staffing provides CAL FIRE with additional “eyes & ears” for heightened awareness for the public. Each patrol is made up of VIP’s in radio-equipped mobile units assigned to designated routes in the Madera- Mariposa-Merced Unit. They will report fires in their early stages, identify 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 levels. It’s important everyone do their part to prevent wildfires.

CAL FIRE wishes everyone a safe holiday weekend and remember one less spark means one less wildfire.

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