Mountain Area Fourth of July fireworks shows are planned at Lake McClure and Bass Lake in the coming days.
The Lake McClure show is Sunday night, June 30. Bass Lake once again holds its traditional Fourth of July show. Both begin about 9 p.m.
At McClure, the prime viewing area opens at 5 p.m. and the entrance fee is $20 cash. For more information, visit lakemcclure.org.
The Bass Lake show is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce; donations are welcome. Fireworks are usually shot from a barge between the Pines Resort and the Forks Resort. For more information, visit basslakechamber.com.
Cal Fire reminds Eastern Madera and Mariposa County residents that all fireworks, including “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in Mariposa County as well as all areas east of the Madera Canal in Madera County. Cal Fire says its officers will be out in force looking for violators.
Anyone caught with fireworks will be cited and fireworks confiscated. Violation of fireworks laws are subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year in a county jail. However, if large quantities of dangerous fireworks are found, prosecutors could charge the violator with a felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and fines up to $50,000.
Cal Fire Volunteers in Prevention and amateur radio operators will also be patrolling, looking for fires in their early stages and situations that may cause fires. Cal Fire says it hopes the increased presence wiill serve as a deterrent to arsonists.
“The rainfall we received this year supplied an abundance of grass which has dried out quickly,” Cal Fire says. “This dry grass can spread fire rapidly. The tree mortality in the area compounds the risk of having a disastrous fire. Everybody needs to be responsible and aware of actions that will cause fires.”