By The Record
January 25, 2007 6:00 AM
MOUNTAIN RANCH - The Fourth of July should be a little quieter and safer this year in this mountain hamlet.
That's because the board of the Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District adopted an ordinance that took effect Jan. 15 to ban fireworks.
The ban covers both "safe and sane" personal fireworks and the larger varieties used in commercial productions. Large events such as community celebrations can still use fireworks but will require a permit from the fire district.
Central Calaveras Fire Chief Robert L. Gill said he proposed the measure because the many homes in the heavily wooded district are extremely vulnerable to fire. The Central Calaveras fire district serves Mountain Ranch, Sheep Ranch, Rail Road Flat and Glencoe.
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