WALNUT CREEK (KRON) — Before the Bay Area skyline lights up with fireworks Saturday night, families are expected to show up in droves to Mount Diablo State Park to picnic, barbecue, and relax under the sun.
Park rangers are warning the public to beware of the fire dangers before heading out there.
Park ranger John Hardcastle said the fire danger is high, which means no smoking. There are also restrictions on grilling.
“We’re prohibiting camp fires inside the park with wood,” Hardcastle said. “But we are still allowing charcoal brickets or gas stoves.”
And fireworks inside the park are also prohibited. Also, unless people have paid to camp out there, the grounds will close at sunset at about 8:30 p.m.
Elsewhere in the Bay Area, the city of Fairfield is closing popular parks for the holiday weekend because of fire danger.