Fireworks prohibited in Mammoth Lakes; officials urge fire safety

– Press release from Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District

All fireworks are prohibited in the Town of Mammoth Lakes, regardless if “safe and sane” or not.  In addition, personal use of fireworks is prohibited in the non-incorporated areas of Mono County, on the Inyo National Forest (INF), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.


Due to VERY HIGH TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER, both the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District and Mammoth Lakes Police Department will enforce a “zero tolerance” policy with respect to the possession and use of fireworks.  Fireworks violations will be strictly enforced.

Enjoy and celebrate the holiday in a safe and responsible manner, and feel free to attend the scheduled Fourth of July firework shows.  There will be a fireworks show on Saturday, July 4 at Crowley Lake and in The Village at Mammoth on Sunday, July 5.

For additional information on the fireworks restrictions, please contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300 or the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011. Please enjoy our national holiday in a safe and responsible manner.


BLM, Inyo National Forest Press release

Effective midnight on Sunday, June 28th, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.

The restrictions are in effect on all BLM public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office and all Inyo National Forest lands.

“Ongoing drought conditions and well below average rain and snowfall this past winter have led to very dry conditions for this time of year,” said Inyo National Forest Supervisor, Ed Armenta.  “These conditions can create an active fire season here in the Eastern Sierra.”

Beginning June 29th, and until further notice, the following restrictions will be in effect:

  • NO CAMPFIRES, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of designated developed recreation sites and specifically posted campsites or areas.  A list of designated campgrounds and recreation sites is available at local Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers, and on the Inyo National Forest website,

Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit (available free of charge at any Ranger Station or Visitor Center) are not exempt from the prohibitions but are allowed to use portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.

  • NO FIREWORKS.  It is prohibited to possess or discharge any fireworks.
  • NO SMOKING, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • NO WELDING or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  • NO USE OF EXPLOSIVES, except by permit.

Inyo National Forest wilderness areas which are exempt from this order are Hoover, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Boundary Peak, White Mountains, Golden Trout, and South Sierra.  Resorts, pack stations, recreation residences and other sites operated under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service or BLM may be exempt from the special orders, as long as any fire activity is conducted in compliance with their permit.  Special use permit holders should contact their permit administrator to make sure they are on the list of exempt sites, or check the information for special use permit exemptions on the Inyo National Forest Website,

Steve Nelson, BLM Bishop Field Manager and Ed Armenta urge the public’s cooperation in helping to prevent wildfires in this year of very high fire danger, and they remind both residents and visitors that fireworks, even “Safe and Sane” are not allowed at any time on public lands.

For further information, please call Mike Beasley at (760) 873-2507 or the Owens Valley Interagency Communications Center (OVICC) at (760) 873-2405.


– Press release from CAL FIRE

Sacramento – With the Independence Day holiday rapidly approaching, CAL FIRE is reminding all Californians and visitors to do their part to prevent fires caused by illegal fireworks or the misuse of “Safe and Sane” fireworks.  On Sunday, June 28 “Safe and Sane” Fireworks went on sale in approximately 300 communities throughout California. Although fireworks are a symbolic display of patriotism during this time of celebration, they can be dangerous when handled incorrectly or used in the wrong environment.

“As we head into the fourth summer of a severe drought, it is more important than ever that everyone use an abundance of caution to avoid sparking a fire,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE.  “Here in California we have a zero tolerance for the use and sale of illegal fireworks.”
There are also legal ramifications when it comes to certain types of fireworks.  Possession of illegal fireworks such as sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner can lead to a possible fine of up to $50,000 as well as prison time or jail for up to one year. Even “Safe and Sane” Fireworks taken into a city or county where they are banned are considered illegal.

The State Fire Marshal approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed for use in many communities; however, they are not approved state-wide.  Before purchasing these types of fireworks, be sure to check your local ordinances and follow the instructions to avoid accidents and injuries.

“Safe and Sane Fireworks are only as safe as they are used,” said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. “Last year alone there were over 300 fires sparked by fireworks. We want everyone to enjoy their celebrations in a safe and legal manner.”

Fireworks Guidelines:

  • First check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use
  • Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” seal
  • Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell
  • Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing site
  • Read all instructions before use
  • Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks – use only in the manner intended
  • Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush

For a full fireworks safety guide visit or watch this short video.



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4 Responses to Fireworks prohibited in Mammoth Lakes; officials urge fire safety

  1. Low-Inyo July 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    MLPD…..Good luck having to babysit that town this weekend..

  2. omg July 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    …just wondering why Mammoth is having a fireworks show @ the Village on July 5th, esp. considering such severe fire danger… I know 2 councilmen have businesses there and would like to drive more people to them, but doesn’t it seem a bit sketch to shoot off fireworks during a parched summer from a rooftop, directly surrounded by tall pines and other buildings, one being very old and dried out with a wood shingled roof?! don’t you think there’s a reason firework shows are very often over water, like Crowley? aren’t there safer and saner ways to spend money you don’t have? a day late and a dollar short at the very least! could be exciting tho…

  3. Low-Inyo July 4, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    omg…..Simple answer to your question……money ($$$$$$ )……This fireworks show will bring in tourists…and money ($$$$$$$ ) into the area,which is all that Mammoth wants and all that Mammoth cares about….been that way for years.

  4. just wondering July 15, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Just wondering…. five months later and roundfire cause has yet to be disclosed. The “Roundfire Lawyers” seem to have disappeared, rebuilding has begun, and no cause has been determined? Not a single home owners insurance is investigating? Does anyone have any information? I think it is probably fair to say utility companies have been ruled out.


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