Yesterday's Chico burn
- 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
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