Most people choose to be inside when it’s 106 – but not the Klann family, which is manning a fireworks booth at Bullard and Blackstone avenues in northeast Fresno.
Cindy Klann, 56, plans to keep a sunny outlook on her job for the next five days. “I’m happy I’m alive and I can work out here in the heat,” Klann said Wednesday. She has sold fireworks for 29 years altogether, including 12 years in Fresno.
As for the heat, Klann dismissed it as no worse than usual. She has armed her sons with misters and has outfitted the stand with fans on full blast.
The family set up the stand two days ago, mowing grass, organizing fireworks and erecting the tent.
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It’s a waiting game during the heat of the day for customers who come in the evening.
Evenings are busiest because it is cooler and people have finished work, Klann said. The two days before the Fourth of July will be the busiest, especially because they fall on a weekend.
All of the money from fireworks sales at their stand benefits their church, Truth Tabernacle Church in central Fresno. The money helps send kids to camp, fund missionary trips and service the buses the church uses.
“God blesses us,” Klann said.
Wednesday’s high of 106 didn’t come near the all-time record high of 110, which was set in 1891, but was about 10 degrees hotter than the normal high of 96, according to National Weather Service records. The triple-digit heat wave will let up slightly this weekend, with highs of 100 and 98 forecast for Saturday and Sunday, and a high of 98 on Independence Day, the National Weather Service said.
With a forecast high of 103 Thursday, the cooling centers in Fresno will not be open, said Mark Standriff, spokesman for the city of Fresno.
If Friday’s high hits the forecast of 106, the centers will reopen, Standriff said.
Heather Robertson, spokeswoman for the Visalia Fire Department, said the city’s cooling center, at the transit center at 425 E. Oak Ave., will be open through Friday.