Bay Area first responders gear up for potential 4th of July fires

Law enforcement and firefighters across the Bay Area are gearing up for what can often be their busiest day of the year, the fourth of July.

While most people are focused on celebrating, they are focused on keeping us safe, and that takes a lot of people power, so many agencies are calling in reinforcements.

Even though the Bay Area has had a dose of drizzle, cloud cover, and lower temperatures, fire danger remains high.

“This 4th of July is as dry as any 4th of July we’ve ever had, if not dryer,” said Capt. Jordan Motta with Cal Fire in San Mateo.

For that reason, Cal Fire and other agencies are stepping up staffing.

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In San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties where fireworks are illegal, personnel will be reassigned temporarily to help catch those breaking the law.

“We’re going to have our law enforcement scattered throughout San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, as opposed to working in their regular work locations,” said Motta. “They’re going to be on patrol ready and vigilantly monitoring illegal fireworks use.”

A similar circumstance is happening in Oakland, where prolific displays of illegal fireworks routinely take to the night sky pre- and post-holiday. The city is closing a portion of Grizzly Peak Boulevard to deter people from heading to the hills, and is taking additional measures for safety.

“We’re going to increase the number of companies that we are up

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