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City of Napa Fire Department
Wednesday June 30th, 2010 :: 12:23 p.m. PDT


Illegal fireworks cause fire in popular west Napa park!All fireworks are banned in Napa City & County. Read more >>

Illegal fireworks cause fire in popular west Napa park

The City of Napa Fire Department responded to a wildland fire at Westwood Hills Park early Sunday morning, June 27, 2010. Around 1 a.m., neighbors in the area of Laurel and Kilburn reported the sound of fireworks and at 1:06 a.m. called again to report a fire in the park, as dry grasses and brush had been ignited by the fireworks.

The fire department accessed the park using the newest tool in the fleet - a Type-3 wildland engine, purchased with a 2008 Department of Homeland Security and FEMA grant. The engine reached the fire and provided water and manpower to limit the spread of the flames to a half- acre. Favorable weather and the aggressive response of more than 26 firefighters and 9 fire engines from the City and Cal Fire contained this potentially dangerous situation. After sunrise on Sunday, Fire officials confirmed that fireworks were the cause of the fire. Anyone with information about this fire is encouraged to call the City of Napa Fire Department.

This fire demonstrates why the City of Napa bans all fireworks, including those considered “safe and sane.” All fireworks are illegal inside the city limits and fines can reach $500.00. The cost can go much higher if a response from the fire department is required to put out a fire. Fireworks purchased in an area that allows their sale must be used in that jurisdiction. For example; fireworks purchased in the City of St. Helena must be used there and cannot be transported to another area in the county to be used. Fireworks purchased through online sources are also illegal to use in the City of Napa.
The Fire Department recommends attending a professional fireworks show instead of creating your own show. The cost of injuries and potential fires far outweigh the cost of attending a professional show.

Through the holiday weekend, patrols will look for illegal fireworks within the City of Napa. Fireworks will be confiscated and citations will be issued. For more information about the fireworks ban or how to prevent a wildfire, contact Patrick Young at the City of Napa’s Fire Prevention Division at 707-257-9363

City of Napa Fire Department
1600 1st St
Napa, CA 94559

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-257-9590

Patrick Young
Fire Prevention Division

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