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Fireworks are banned in unincorporated areas of Ada County. This morning, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) signed a resolution banning fireworks in unincorporated areas which are both outside of city limits AND outside of a fire protection district.  The ban remains in effect during the current fire season.

Fireworks stands can be found throughout the county and the Commissioners wanted to take this precautionary measure to help remind the public how dangerous fireworks can be. The BOCC hopes this ban will help prevent fires from starting in our open and rural areas of the county that aren’t covered by fire departments or districts. The hot summers in Ada County along with dry grasses and other vegetation create the perfect situation for one misdirected firework to spark a fire that could quickly get out of control.

“We take protecting the beauty of Ada County and its citizens very seriously,” said Commissioner and Chairman Dave Case. “With this resolution, we hope to completely avoid another situation like what happened on Tablerock last July.”

As outlined in Resolution No. 2243, it’s unlawful for any person to use fireworks in an area that constitutes a severe fire threat based on the vegetative conditions during the current fire season as determined by the county commission. Any person who violates this ordinance could be charged a misdemeanor.

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