We were camped at Mee 2 when the sheriff came to tell us about the fire. He didn't evacuate us, but did tell us to be ready should the fire make a move in our direction as we had to pass it to get out.
To break a fire ban is selfish enough, but to bring fireworks into the equation is just plain stupid. Juveniles or not, they knowingly broke the law, and their privilege of floating rivers should be rescinded. If you can't respect the land - stay off of it.
Besides, it's not just the land - I've read four other stories of families who had to evacuate in the middle of the night, and/or campers who were afraid for their safety. Want to make a stupid decision that effects your own life? That's your right. When it begins to effect others - it's not OK.
You can view the photos/videos I have here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bqwojzzrh...j5h1u9yBa?dl=0
The videos show the helicopter making water dumps. He made at least 30 passes while we were floating by. The train tracks were packed with crews coming in and out, bringing in equipment and supplies. Just some of the additional associated costs outside of the obvious loss of land that should be absorbed by the guilty party as well.