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New Years celebrations fire precautions

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Dec 31 2013 08:26:59 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

New Years is great for celebrations, but this year the fire danger could make your festivities a dangerous situation.

The severe drought has kept the threat of rapidly spreading fire throughout the Northstate high.  In some cases, the fire danger is near levels normally reserved for the peak of fire season in mid to late summer.

Redding Fire officials say that despite the dangers, you can have a small fire in your back yard for a celebration tonight.  Though they say that it must be smaller than three feet in diameter and the flames must be shorter than two feet tall.

Any fire larger than that requires a permit and an on-site inspection from the fire department.

In addition they remind you that all fireworks are illegal in Shasta County, including sparklers and safe and sane fireworks.  If you are caught with fireworks you will face a minimum $270 fine.

And they also remind us that if a fire gets out of control the person who started it, regardless of whether it was started legally, can be held responsible for damages including the cost of suppressing the fire.