However, with little rain this year and drier days ahead, our native wildlands are more susceptible to wildfire ignitions, which means it is our responsibility to take proper safety precautions and be alert this holiday weekend.
Even if smaller fireworks are legal in your city, they can still pose a huge risk to native wildlands found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, as well as homes, people, pets and more. Fireworks are prohibited at all state and county parks, county harbors, state, county and city beaches, unincorporated areas of Orange County, and the Cleveland National Forest. Something as simple as a hand-held sparkler can be just as dangerous as large fireworks, as they exceed temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Additional information about firework safety can be found on the OCFA website. As a safe, fun alternative to lighting personal fireworks, check out a list of local fireworks displays in your area at ocfa.org/FourthOfJuly.
If your perfect 4th of July includes an outdoor adventure, then explore one of the many seven-day access trails on the Landmarks. With trails in the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon and Quail Hill, Newport Beach’s Buck Gully, OC Parks’ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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 wildlands safe. To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit LetsGoOutside.org.