Fire Officials Concerned About Neighborhood 4th of July Celebrations

Keith Menconi
July 04, 2020 - 5:22 pm

    With many cities cancelling their Fourth of July fireworks celebrations over concerns that crowds could spread COVID-19, fire officials are worried residents may take the celebration into their own hands.  

    Tracie Dutter with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said her agency has already beat back more than a dozen blazes since Friday night. Three of those, Dutter told KCBS Radio,  are confirmed to have been caused by illegal fireworks. 

    "Those illegal fireworks can start vegetation fires,” Dutter said. “It can catch a roof on a home on fire. It can cause injury to people who are igniting those fireworks.” 

    The San Francisco Fire Department put out a 2 acre wildfire caused by illegal fireworks on Saturday. 

    The Alameda County Fire Department tweeted that it will be staffing extra firefighters and fire engines for the holiday, and Oakland Fire Department officials said their Emergency Operations Center will be fully staffed. 

    Several cities, such as Fremont, Pleasant Hill and Concord, have created online celebrations as an alternative for residents missing the usual in-person festivities.