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City of Santa Clarita Press Release

Summer Fire Risks Highlighted at Multi-Agency Safety Press Conference

 Residents Can See Fire Equipment, Helicopters and Brush-Clearing Goats in Action on June 21

As we officially welcome hot summer weather, the City of Santa Clarita, County of Los Angeles and public safety officials are urging residents to keep their families, pets and properties safe from wildfires this season. To educate residents about the wildfire mitigation occurring in our community, as well as the dangers of fireworks, the Santa Clarita City Council along with Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief Dennis Breshears and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Justin Diez will host a multi-agency Summer Fire Safety Press Conference on Friday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Towlsey Canyon Trailhead, located at 24335 The Old Road. Residents can tune into the City’s Facebook page to watch a live feed of the presentation.

The family-friendly event will feature nearly 400 goats which are currently grazing the Rivendale Park and Open Space to reduce overgrown vegetation in areas designated as High Fire Severity Zones. Additionally, there will be a variety of heavy machinery from the Los Angeles County Fire Department as well as vehicles from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for residents to hop inside and explore. During the event, community members will also have the opportunity to pet sheep and goats, and watch the Los Angeles County Fire Department perform a water drop above the hillside. 

The Summer Fire Safety Press Conference will also educate residents about the dangers of fireworks. Each year, fireworks start more than 1,6000 fires and cause catastrophic injuries and even death. In the City of Santa Clarita, it is illegal to possess, sell or use fireworks including those that are labeled “Safe and Sane,” such as sparklers, snaps, smoke balls and any item that explodes.

To enjoy a spectacular firework show – everyone is encouraged to attend the City’s annual Fourth of July fireworks. As in years’ past, the show will take place at the Valencia Town Center parking lot at the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street at 9:15 p.m.

For more information on local professional fireworks shows in and near Santa Clarita Valley, or details regarding firework regulations, please visit SantaClarita.gov/Fireworks.

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