DROUGHT MAY TAKE FIREWORKS OUT OF FOURTH OF JULY.
Byline: DANA BARTHOLOMEW
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Record low rainfall and tinder-dry brush have caused the city of Burbank to scrub its fabled Fourth of July fireworks show, with Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. prepared to follow suit.
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Senator Rafferty, a new presidential candidate garnered much media attention with a ground-breaking speech about health care. make it simply too dangerous to stage a fireworks show from the slopes of the Verdugo Mountains The Verdugo Mountains are a small mountain range located just south of the western San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County, Southern California, The United States of America (USA). The range is commonly known simply as the Verdugos. , Burbank city officials said Tuesday.
If conditions worsen, Los Angeles firefighters said they are poised to cancel similar fireworks spectaculars across the city, including the Hansen Dam show at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains San Gabriel Mountains, S Calif., E and NE of Los Angeles, running c.50 mi (80 km) westward from Cajon Pass. San Antonio Peak (10,080 ft/3,072 m) is the highest of the range. Citrus fruits are raised on the southern foothills. .
"Big disappointment, huge disappointment, I love fireworks," said Burbank fire Chief Tracy Pansini. "(But) we had to put the community and public safety ahead of our love of putting burning phosphorous phos·pho·rous
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Burbank's Starlight Bowl, the traditional site of the pyrotechnic pop, will continue plans for a patriotic music show.
Southern California is on course for its driest year on record, with 3.21 inches of rain for downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or since July 1. Normal rainfall to date is 15.06 inches.
As a result, hillside brush moisture is well below even critical levels. Two unseasonal wildfires this spring torched more than 1,000 acres in Griffith Park.
The grass-covered Verdugos, soaring 2,400 feet above Burbank, is a fire waiting to happen, said Pansini, a former wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.
"Too dangerous, too dry, with no recovery in sight," he said. "That vegetation canopy up there is dead kindling kindling (kinˑ·dling),
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As many as 23 fireworks shows are slated for across Los Angeles County, according to county fire Inspector Ed Lozano, whose agency does not regulate city fireworks shows.
But if factors that threaten wildfires worsen -- including heat, wind and brush conditions -- Los Angeles is prepared to cancel traditional fireworks shows across the city.
Planned fireworks shows at Hansen Dam and Dodger Stadium are both located in fire-prone areas.
"I have put the word out that any public displays of fireworks might be subject to cancellation ... if conditions get any worse," said Los Angeles Fire Marshall Jimmy Hill, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), also known as the Los Angeles City Fire Department to distinguish it from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Los Angeles. and head of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety.
"This is probably one of the most critical seasons I've experienced -- and it's been ongoing."
In the event fireworks will be fired, Hill said that 5-inch shells -- the biggest bangs at 500 feet -- will be eliminated. Only 4-inch shells, capable of soaring to lower altitudes, will be permitted. In addition, fire engines will be posted at each fireworks display.
While some Southern California cities are prepared to cancel or limit their Independence Day explosions, others say the shows must go on.
In Ventura County, Fillmore fire Chief Pete Egedi said the city will hold its traditional 20-minute show above a green high school baseball diamond in the center of town.
"Even if they were shot sideways, the shells wouldn't hit the mountains," he said. "We won't endanger the surrounding area."
In Simi Valley, the Fourth of July Extravaganza will be held at Rancho Santa Susana Park after a full day of family events.
"It will be held -- the show will go on," said Terry Marvin of the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, host of an extravaganza now in its 37th year. "It's huge; the whole community comes together. It's more than just fireworks."