San Bernardino County is facing a dangerous wildland fire season this year. Fireworks are known to start many brushfires, and fire and law enforcement agencies will be conducting operations this year to stop illegal fireworks. In addition, many pets are terrified of fireworks. July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters as residents search for their lost and missing pets who ran off when fireworks started.
California has banned any fireworks that explode, shoot into the air, or move along the ground. Possession and use of illegal firework—like firecrackers, skyrockets, and others—will result in a ticket; fines are up to $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest. In addition, property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property. Ernest Figueroa says the county fire department has created a new tool to help residents report suspected illegal fireworks…
The Office of the Fire Marshal just launched an Illegal Fireworks Reporter website that allows people to report illegal fireworks online. Residents may make an anonymous report on the website. Include the date, time, and specific location of the suspected illegal activity. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report, and can aid in the investigation of alleged violations.
Every summer, the fire and Sheriff’s departments receive numerous calls about residents who are setting off illegal fireworks. While officials follow-up on these reports, the lack of evidence often hinders their investigations. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the county fire department has created a new tool to help residents report suspected illegal fireworks…
Despite the fact that all fireworks are illegal in San Bernardino County, many residents continue to buy and set off fireworks, which is especially hazardous during wildfire season. The fine for setting off illegal fireworks is $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest.
In order to issue citations or make arrests, county fire officials must have definitive proof of the illegal activity, something that’s hard to obtain when they arrive after the fact. To help firefighters, the County Fire Office has created a link on the county fire website where residents can make an anonymous report with the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Photos and videos can be included in the report. Links to make a report can be found at SBCFire.org.
To make an anonymous report, residents may visit https://bit.ly/SBCoReportFireworks. Be sure to include the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Any photos and videos of incidents will aid in the investigation of alleged violations. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report.
Residents may make an anonymous report by accessing this platform through a QR code distributed throughout the county, as well as through links on SBCFire.org.
San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey has promoted Assistant Chief Tom Marshall to Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations. Marshall, who was the assistant fire chief for South Desert Division 4, which includes the Morongo Basin, will oversee the department’s fire, rescue and EMS operations. Marshall has more than 29 years of experience in the fire service, and has been with County Fire since 1998. He was named assistant chief in 2016. He has served on a Type II Incident Management Team since 2002, and has responded to hundreds of large-scale emergency incidents, such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hazardous materials spills, and others.
Temperatures of 100 degrees overcame an experienced hiker out at Amboy Crater Sunday morning. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock said firefighters were called to the crater at 8:49 a.m. because a man, identified as being in his 50s to 60s, was overcome by a heat-related illness. McClintock said the air temperature was about 100 degrees, although the volcanic rocks were significantly hotter. The men had hiked to the rim of the crater and were on their way back to the parking lot, when about a quarter of a mile from the parking lot one man said he couldn’t go on. McClintock said the hikers were experienced and had enough water with them, but despite the precautions, he was still overcome by the heat. Firefighters hiked in to get him, treated him at the scene, and then carried him out. He was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for more treatment.
Firefighters were called to a small vegetation fire in Yucca Valley Friday evening. About 8:30 p.m., several passers-by reported a fire behind the Starbucks and McDonalds just off Sunnyslope near the intersection with Warren Vista. County Fire Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria said a 50-by-50- foot spot of vegetation caught fire due to an illegal cooking fire in a homeless encampment behind the businesses. One person sustained minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene. Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree firefighters completed an aggressive attack and kept the fire from spreading to nearby structures. It was contained in under 10 minutes. No property was damaged in the fire.