The 4th of July is upon us and so is fire season! Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services are urging residents to observe a safe, legal and fire-free holiday.

Residents are advised that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Atascadero and officials warn that anyone caught lighting or possessing even “safe and sane” fireworks in the City will be cited and fined. Misdemeanor violations are punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. 

Also, anyone found responsible for setting a fire using any type of fireworks will be responsible for paying for property damage, suppression costs and may be charged with a felony. This liability also applies to parents of juveniles found responsible for causing a fire. 

“Right now, as is usually the case in our area, the very real threat of wildfire is extremely high and everyone must do everything they can to help keep our community fire safe,” said Atascadero Fire Department Chief Casey Bryson. 


The sale and possession of fireworks are illegal in most of SLO County, but there are exceptions. “Safe & sane” fireworks, which do not fly or explode, are allowed in the following communities:

• Unincorporated areas of San Miguel, Templeton & Oceano, only within their respective community services districts.

• “Safe & sane” fireworks are legal in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Morro Bay.

Always double-check with your local community before using fireworks. This year, due to COVID-19, no public fireworks displays are being held in the County and large gatherings are illegal. For more information about fireworks:

Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services wishes the community a memorable 4th of July and requests a common sense, safe celebration. They encourage anyone possessing fireworks to turn them in to their local fire department, without fear of penalty or prosecution, so that they may be safely disposed of. For additional information or assistance, please contact the Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services at 805-461-5070 or your local fire agency.