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  • Pamela Alley
    From the Enterprise Record: CHICO - Fireworks were used to set weedy fields around Chico Municipal Airport ablaze Tuesday morning in a training drill that
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 16, 2010
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      From the Enterprise Record:
      CHICO - Fireworks were used to set weedy fields around Chico Municipal
      Airport ablaze Tuesday morning in a training drill that allowed crews to
      observe fire behavior, reduce vegetation, and prove just how incendiary even
      so-called "safe and sane" fireworks can be.
      Fires were set in three areas of the airport, sending plumes of smoke into
      the air that could be seen throughout Chico.

      Thick grass between airport runways burned aggressively Tuesday, but Chico
      Fire Department Inspector Mort Myers said vegetative fuel in the valley is
      nowhere close to being at its driest.

      "Moisture content is still fairly high," he said, as he threw a new type of
      safe and sane sparkler into the weeds and watched them burst into flame.

      Locally, fireworks are only legal within the city limits of Gridley and
      Oroville, and even the safe and sane variety are banned in the remainder of
      the county.

      With fire department staffing likely to be down this year from past
      Independence Day celebrations, and the possibility that Engine 1 on Salem
      Street will be out of service, officials are hoping residents will follow
      the rules. Fire Inspector Rick Doane said crews will respond to reports of
      illegal or dangerous fireworks being used, and violators may be cited.

      Fireworks used to start fires Tuesday were confiscated from Chico residents
      last year.
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