Fourth of July Safety

As communities prepare to honor Independence Day, please keep in mind safe practices when using fireworks during your celebration. Only “Safe and Sane” fireworks, purchased at predetermined, Fire Department inspected booths placed throughout the City of Pacifica are allowed to be used during the Fourth of July celebration. The City of Brisbane and City of Daly City do not allow or permit the use of fireworks. 

As in previous years the North County Fire Authority will be augmenting staffing on the July 4th holiday in preparation of potential emergencies during the celebrations. We need the public’s assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury or even death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resources. Know that fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of illegal fireworks have increased and will be strictly enforced.

Fourth of July celebrations traditionally present a large fire danger to citizens.  Annually, hospitals across the nation report thousands of cases of burn injuries caused by fireworks.  Most firework burn injuries involve children and are usually burns to the hands and eyes causing vision impairment and disfiguring scars.

Pacifica is one of the few cities in the Bay Area to allow legal, “Safe & Sane” fireworks for the July 4th holiday. The Pacifica City Council adopted an Illegal Fireworks Social Host Ordinance in attempt to curb rampant use of illegal fireworks in Pacifica. The ordinance is designed to hold those hosting gatherings responsible for illegal firework activity that occurs on property they own or rent.

The ordinance is a strict liability ordinance, meaning the person responsible for the property (the Social Host) is responsible for the discharge of illegal fireworks on their property. Officers do not need to prove the Social Host knew of the illegal fireworks discharge. Officers must be able to testify that the fireworks came from a certain property.

The ordinance also pertains to “Any person who hosts, organizes, supervises, officiates, conducts, or accepts responsibility for a gathering on public or private property.”

Additionally, if a minor is found discharging illegal fireworks, the person having care, custody or control of the minor is strictly liable for the illegal activity and subject to fine.

The penalty for a violation of the Illegal Fireworks Social Host Ordinance is $1,000. This is an administrative fine levied by the City of Pacifica.

The North County Fire Authority encourages everyone to follow all directions on “Safe and Sane” fireworks if using them in the City of Pacifica, and to take all proper safety precautions:

  • Use only legal fireworks approved by the California State Fire Marshal.
  • Inspect all fireworks. Never use damaged or leaking fireworks.
  • Never give fireworks to a small child.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Light only one item at a time. Use a shovel and drop any “dud” fireworks into a pail of water.
  • Keep spectators at least 10 feet away.
  • Use fireworks in a clear area at least 20 feet away from a house, wood fence or brush.
  • Light fireworks in a large, safe, level area of dirt, pavement or gravel at least 10 feet square in size.
  • Have a pail of water ready to place used or malfunctioning fireworks in.
  • Keep an extra pail of water, wet towels, charged garden hose or fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies.
  • Do not point fireworks at anyone.
  • If someone is injured or a fire is started, call 9-1-1 immediately.

For more information, contact the Information Officer at 650-991-8138

Wildfire Awareness Events

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month!
Join us June 5 & June 8, 2021 to learn about wildfire preparedness strategies for residents.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Join us Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10am to 1pm at Brisbane Community Park to learn about wildfire preparedness strategies for residents. Representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and provide handouts on wildfire preparedness.
Handy giveaways such as magnets and D-Rings will also be given out while supplies last!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Join us Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm on Zoom to learn about wildfire preparedness strategies for residents. Representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and provide handouts on wildfire preparedness.

Structure Fire – City of Daly City

On April 28, 2021, at 3:12 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 224 Second Ave in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company found heavy smoke coming out of the roof and eave vents of a two-story, single family home. Firefighters made entry through the front door and found heavy smoke in the home with flames coming from the kitchen. With chainsaws firefighters provided ventilation on the roof of the structure. Using hose lines, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen and attic above, with smoke damage throughout the rest of the home.

Fire companies remained on scene for 2 hours checking for fire extension and completing overhaul and mop up operations. Five residents were displaced by the fire and made housing arrangements with the Red Cross. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Vehicle and Apartment Building Fire – City of Daly City

On April 24, 2021 at 12:57 a.m., 10 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigators responded to a passenger vehicle and apartment building fire at 45 Poncetta Drive in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving Chief Officer found heavy smoke and fire coming from the first-floor parking garage of a three-story apartment building. Firefighters used hose lines to confine the fire to a single vehicle and a small portion of the structure on the ground floor parking garage. Vehicles surrounding the origin of the fire sustained minimal heat damage and there was slight fire extension to the apartment building, however smoke from the vehicle fire spread from the garage level to the interior corridors of all three stories of the apartment building. Two occupants were treated at scene by firefighter paramedics for smoke inhalation and transported by ambulance to the hospital as a result of the fire.

Fire companies remained on scene for nearly 3 hours checking for fire extension within the apartment complex and completing overhaul, as well supporting ventilation efforts throughout the entire apartment building. No residents were displaced by the fire and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Authority Fire Prevention Services Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms.

Cliff Rescue – City of Pacifica

On March 17, 2021 at 8:13 a.m., 2 Fire Companies, 1 Rescue Unit and 1 Chief Officer responded to a cliff rescue at 1 Mori Point Road in the City of Pacifica.

Responding firefighters found an adult male approximately 50 down the side of a cliff. Firefighter/paramedics set up a low angle rope rescue system and repelled down the side of the cliff.  The victim and the firefighter/paramedics were then lifted up the side of the cliff to safety. The victim was treated by firefighter/paramedics at the scene and only suffered minor injuries. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

There were no injuries to any of the firefighters, and the incident was mitigated in approximately one hour.

Cliff Rescue in the City of Pacifica

On February 27, 2021 at 9:40 a.m., 2 Fire Companies, 1 Rescue Unit and 1 Chief Officer responded to a cliff rescue in the area of 380 Esplanade Avenue in the City of Pacifica.

Responding firefighters discovered that an adult female and her dog had been walking along the beach and had to retreat up the side of a cliff due to rising tides.  Due to the steep terrain, they both were unable to walk to the top of the cliff and needed to be rescued.

Firefighter/paramedics set up a low angle rope rescue system and repelled down the side of the cliff, approximately 50 feet to reach the victim and her dog.  The victim, her dog and the firefighter/paramedics were then lifted up the side of the cliff to safety. The victim was assessed by firefighter/paramedics at the scene and only suffered minor injuries.

There were no injuries to any of the firefighters, and the incident was mitigated in approximately one and a half hours.

Structure Fire – City of Daly City

On February 17, 2021, at 12:30 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 231 Oakridge Dr. in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company found smoke coming from the garage of a two-story, single family home. Firefighters made entry into the garage with a fire attack line only to find smoke and remanence of an extinguished fire on the stove. The fire was contained to the garage of the single-family home.

Fire companies remained on scene for 1 hour checking for fire extension and completing mop up operations. No residence where displaced by the fire. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division.
The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Structure Fire – City of Brisbane

On January 20, 2021, at 12:24 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 3800 Bayshore Blvd. #26 in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire company found heavy smoke and flames coming from the mobile home. Firefighters entered through the front door and utilizing fire hose lines aggressively attacked the flames, while simultaneously checking for any occupants.  All occupants were able to get out and away from the danger and the fire was confined to the mobile home with no other surrounding mobile homes receiving any damage.

Fire companies remained on the scene for almost two hours, checking for fire extension and completing salvage and overhaul operations. Two residents were displaced by the fire and received housing assistance through the American Red Cross.

There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining home smoke alarms.

Commercial Apartment Structure Fire in Daly City

On January 15, 2021 at 8:10 a.m., 13 Fire Companies, 1 Breathing Support Unit, 5 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 85 Kent Court in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire companies found smoke coming from the second floor of a three-story apartment building on Kent Court. Firefighters used hose lines to contain the fire to a single apartment unit on the second floor. Once the fire was extinguished one victim was found deceased within the apartment unit.

Fire companies remained on scene for four hours checking for fire extension and completing overhaul operations. No residents were displaced by this fire and no firefighters were injured as a result of this fire.

This fire is currently under joint investigation by the North County Fire Authority and the Daly City Police Department.

Structure Fire in Daly City

On November 26, 2020, at 3:15 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers, 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 186 and 188 Westlake Ave in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear second and third floor of a townhouse. Firefighters entered through the left open front door for search and rescue. Simultaneously, other firefighters made entry through the side-gate door entering the backyard and used fire service hose lines to confine the fire to the second and third floor

Fire companies remained on the scene for almost two hours, checking for fire extension and completing overhaul and mop-up operations. Nine residents were to stay in their residences. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.