Fire officials are encouraging people who will be celebrating the Fourth of July in El Dorado County to attend a public fireworks show.
They also are issuing a reminder that all individual fireworks, including the "safe and sane" variety, are illegal in the county. Because of the risk of wildfires, an El Dorado County ordinance prohibits the use and possession of the type of fireworks commonly sold in surrounding areas such as Sacramento County.
"There is 'zero tolerance' when it comes to the use of possession of fireworks in El Dorado County by Cal Fire, local fire districts and local law enforcement agencies," Kelly Keenan, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit, said in a written statement.
Every year, Cal Fire responds to wildland fires caused by safe and sane fireworks that put people's lives and property in jeopardy, Keenan said.
Anyone caught in the county with fireworks will have their fireworks confiscated. They also may be cited and face misdemeanor charges that could result in up to six months in jail, a $500 fine or both.
"It isn't worth the risk, especially when we have several excellent firework displays for everyone to enjoy," Keenan said.
Events including evening fireworks shows are scheduled at:
Cameron Park Lake in Cameron Park from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
El Dorado Hills Town Center in El Dorado Hills, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. July 3.
El Dorado County Fairground, Placerville, 4 to 10 p.m. July 4.
South Lake Tahoe, Lights on the Lake, 9:45 p.m. July 4.