Fireworks Prohibited Due to Extreme Fire Danger

Staff Writer

In light of what is being called “very high to extreme fire danger” this summer, the Town of Mammoth Lakes is prohibiting all fireworks.

But that doesn’t mean Independence Day celebrations will be fireworks-free. The Town and Mammoth Chamber are co-sponsoring the annual fireworks show at Crowley Lake on July 4, and the next day the Village at Mammoth will host its own patriotic celebration, complete with a fireworks spectacular.

The town is reminding residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those dubbed “safe and sane” and legal throughout the state, are banned in Mammoth this year.

In addition, personal use of fireworks is prohibited in the non-incorporated areas of Mono County, on the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands.

“Due to very high to extreme fire danger, both the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District and Mammoth Lakes Police Department will enforce a ‘zero tolerance’ policy with respect to the possession and use of fireworks,” a press release from Town Manager Dan Holler states. “Fireworks violations will be strictly enforced.”

Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun also said deputies are keeping an eye on local roads, and will confiscate any illegal fireworks being brought into local communities from out-of-state.

“Enjoy and celebrate the holiday in a safe and responsible manner, and feel free to attend the scheduled Fourth of July firework shows,” the press release from the town states.

For more information on the fireworks restrictions, contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at 760-934-2300 or the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at 760-934-2011.