Fireworks prohibited on public lands at all times

WENATCHEE – Fire officials remind all those headed out to public lands this Fourth of July weekend to leave fireworks at home and take other precautions to prevent wildfire.

 

Fireworks are prohibited on national forests at all times. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail (36 CFR 261.52). Fireworks are also prohibited on other public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Washington State Parks, as well as most county and city parks.

 

Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.

 

Visitors are encouraged to take safety precautions with campfires:
  • Keep campfires small and select sites away from flammable material, preferably in a designated campfire ring if one is available.
  • Keep water and a shovel nearby and never leave a fire unattended.
  • Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning the fire with water and stirring with a shovel.
  • Confirm the fire is out by touching it with the back of your hand – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

 

Lower elevation areas have already dried out and could easily spread a wildfire ignited by fireworks or exploding targets, so please leave these items at home.
 
Visit www.SmokeyBear.com for additional fire prevention information and resources.

 

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