Help prevent wildfires this Fourth of July, urges LA Fire Department

July 1, 2024

LA Fire Department stresses safety for Fourth of July celebrations

On Wednesday, June 26, 2024, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department (LACoFD) held its annual Fourth of July Press Conference, as reported by various North American Fire Departments.

The event, held at the LACoFD Cecil Gehr Training Center in East Los Angeles, was attended by key public safety officials, including County of Los Angeles First District Supervisor Hilda L.

Solis, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley, and CAL FIRE Deputy Director Frank Bigelow.

They highlighted the importance of fireworks safety and urged the public to attend professional fireworks shows.

During the press conference, LACoFD Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone emphasized the dangers of using illegal fireworks.

He stated: “By acting responsibly, we can effectively protect and safeguard the wellbeing of our residents and communities, and substantially reduce the risk of someone getting hurt.”

He urged the public to enjoy professional fireworks shows, a sentiment echoed by LAFD Fire Chief Kristin Crowley.

Supervisor Solis addressed the harmful effects of illegal fireworks, the dangers of street takeovers, and the importance of community safety during the holiday.

Texas A&M Forest Service issues wildfire warnings

As Texans prepare for the Fourth of July, Texas A&M Forest Service has urged caution due to persistent hot and dry conditions, according to a recent press release.

Human activities are responsible for approximately 90% of wildfires, and the Fourth of July is one of the peak days for such incidents.

With little to no rainfall in north and northeast Texas since early June, the risk of wildfires is elevated.

Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief, stated: “As we start to observe typical summer weather with conditions becoming hotter and drier, we anticipate wildfire activity to increase.”

He emphasized the need for Texans to prevent wildfire ignitions during these conditions.

The Forest Service recommends attending public fireworks shows and offers safety tips for those using personal fireworks, including checking local burn bans, using fireworks under adult supervision, and keeping water sources nearby.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s guidelines for Canada Day fireworks

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador were reminded to exercise caution when using personal fireworks during Canada Day celebrations.

The provincial forest fire regulations do not restrict the use of personal fireworks, but individuals should verify local regulations to ensure compliance.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Commissioner advises municipalities to enforce bylaws related to open fires and fireworks discharge.

Violations of provincial Forest Fire Regulations can result in fines, penalties, and imprisonment.

The public is urged to use fireworks in clear, open areas and to take safety precautions such as monitoring wind conditions and keeping spectators at a safe distance.

The outdoor fire ban for the Island of Newfoundland has been lifted, but it remains in effect for Labrador.

Residents are encouraged to check the latest fire hazard ratings and public reminders for their area before planning any fires.

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