FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2018
|Contact: Kate McGwire
Public Information Officer
Ada County Bans Fireworks in Unincorporated Areas
(Boise, ID) – Fireworks are banned in unincorporated areas of Ada County. This morning, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) signed a resolution banning fireworks in unincorporated areas which are both outside of city limits AND outside of a fire protection district. The ban remains in effect during the current fire season.
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Fireworks stands can be found throughout the county and the Commissioners wanted to take this precautionary measure to help remind the public how dangerous fireworks can be. The BOCC hopes this ban will help prevent fires from starting in our open and rural areas of the county that aren’t covered by fire departments or districts. The hot summers in Ada County along with dry grasses and other vegetation create the perfect situation for one misdirected firework to spark a fire that could quickly get out of control.
“With our dry, hot summers we know a severe fire threat exists within Ada County,” said Commissioner and Chairman Dave Case. “We want to be as proactive as possible to hopefully avoid any devastation caused by fireworks.”
As outlined in Resolution No. 2328, it’s unlawful for any person to use fireworks in an area that constitutes a severe fire threat based on the vegetative conditions during the current fire season as determined by the county commission. Any person who violates this ordinance could be charged a misdemeanor.
Please be safe and smart over this 4th of July holiday and all summer long