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Central, South Coast Firefighters Concerned About Brush Fires Linked To Fourth Of July Fireworks

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
An air tanker drops fire retardant on Santa Barbara County's Whittier brush fire

With the 4th of July almost at hand, firefighters on the Central and South Coasts are worried about the potential for brush fires sparked by fireworks.

Steve Swindle is with the Ventura County Fire Department. Fireworks are illegal in Ventura County, and Southern Santa Barbara County, with the exception of so called safe and sane fireworks in the City of Fillmore.

On the Central Coast, safe and sane fireworks are legal in a half dozen communities.

The 4th of July won’t be a holiday for most firefighters in the region, with beefed up staffing planned to be ready for potential fires.

Swindle says they're hoping people will chose to leave fireworks to the professionals, and go to one of the many shows taking place in the region.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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