Fireworks are a popular activity during the 4th of July holiday, but can also create dangerous fire hazards, not only among the Landmarks and surrounding habitats, but to homes, people, pets and more. Human-caused wildfires are one of the most common types of wildfires and even the smallest firework can be a threat to local wildlands. For example, a simple Sparkler can exceed temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt metal and can quickly ignite nearby brush. All fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are prohibited in County parks.
If you plan to have an outdoor adventure on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks this 4th of July, please remember to practice safe physical distancing, wear a face mask or face covering, use hand sanitizer to clean your hands, and wear any protective items such as gloves or sunglasses. Be sure to check LetsGoOutside.org for the status of City of Irvine-owned trails, and OCParks.com before heading out to any OC Parks trails or facilities.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July! No matter how you celebrate, always stay alert and report any sign of fire by calling 911 immediately. We can all do our part in keeping local habitats safe. To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit LetsGoOutside.org.