For many Americans, fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July. In recent years, however, the public and lawmakers have become increasingly aware of the risk that fireworks pose, especially in drought-stricken California. 

While it is undetermined what sparked the Electra Fire on July 4, it has been reported that fireworks caused a small fire on July 3 in Valley Springs. The vegetation fire was started by illegal fireworks in a field behind the Sender’s Ace Hardware store in downtown Valley Springs, and spread to a half-acre before being contained. Senders suffered damages in the amount of $1,000 from the fire, which spread to a stack of lumber. An investigation is ongoing.

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Marie-Elena studied creative writing, art, and photography at University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating with a BA in Studio Art -Visual Media. She moved to California from Nebraska in 2019 and is happy to call Calaveras County her home.

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