As Independence Day approaches, state fire officials remind residents and visitors to El Dorado and Amador counties of fireworks restrictions.
Because of the risk of wildfires, an El Dorado County ordinance prohibits the use and possession of fireworks, including the "safe and sane" fireworks commonly sold in surrounding areas including Sacramento County.
The California State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local fire agencies and law enforcement take the prohibition of fireworks seriously, said Chief Kelly Keenan of Cal Fire's Amador-El Dorado Unit. Anyone caught with fireworks in El Dorado County will have their fireworks confiscated. They also could be cited and face misdemeanor charges that include up to six months in jail, a $500 fine or both.
An Amador County ordinance forbids the use and possession of fireworks in all areas of the county except the city limits of Jackson, Sutter Creek, Plymouth and Ione. Anyone using fireworks outside those cities could face criminal prosecution.
Cal Fire officials encourage people to celebrate Independence Day by attending one of several community events:
Cameron Park: 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Cameron Park Lake, family-oriented activities and games, evening fireworks spectacular.
El Dorado Hills: 6 to 11:30 p.m. July 3, El Dorado Hills Town Center, family entertainment concluding with fireworks show.
Jackson: 5 to 9:30 p.m., July 3, Butte Bowl at Jackson Junior High School, food, games and fireworks.
Placerville: 4-10 p.m. July 4, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, music, food and fireworks show.