Reminder: Fireworks are a hazard to National Forests

Illustration of Smokey Bear standing before a banner reading: "Fireworks are illegal on Public Lands! Fireworks are always prohibited on all National Forests, Bureau of Land Management -managed lands, and State Parks - no matter the weather conditions! Only YOU can prevent wildfires."

PORTLAND, Ore. – July 28, 2018 – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, fire officials remind visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all national forests.

“We’re excited to welcome visitors to enjoy their public lands this summer,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “However, please be safe and responsible with fire. With warm and dry conditions, one small spark can start a wildfire.”

Fireworks are banned on national forests at all times, regardless of weather or conditions. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail. Additionally, anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.

Visitors are also encouraged to practice campfire safety as unattended campfires are the number one source of human-caused wildfires on public land. If you are planning to have a campfire, please remember:

  • First, know before you go whether campfires are allowed in the area you are visiting. Fire restrictions may be in place depending on local conditions.
  • Keep your campfire small and away from flammable material.
  • Use a designated campfire ring when available.
  • Keep water and shovel nearby.
  • Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning your fire with water and stirring with a shovel.
  • Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.

This short video demonstrates how to properly build and extinguish a campfire.

Stephen Baker, USDA Forest Service Region 6

Illustration of fireworks bursting above a forest, with a burnt tree in the foreground and blazing evergreens in the distance. Text reads: "No fireworks on public lands," above the USDA Forest Service seal and tagline "For the greatest good."

No fireworks on public lands – a message from the USDA Forest Service

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