Fireworks are Prohibited on Forest Service Lands

Contact(s): Alicia King


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Forest Service

Chugach National Forest

161 East 1st Ave., Door 8
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

 

Twitter: @ChugachForestAK

Facebook: @ChugachNF

Contact: Alicia King (907) 231-0172 alicia.king@usda.gov

Anchorage, AK—July 3, 2019—The Chugach National Forest reminds visitors that fireworks — and the possession of fireworks — are prohibited on National Forest System lands, at any time of year. The fire danger level remains very high across most of the Forest. While exploring the national forest during the holiday, visitors are asked to be careful with fire and follow any fire restrictions.

An Emergency Fire Order issued on July 1 restricts building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal, within the Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts, to designated recreation sites. The fire order is in effect from July 1, 2019 and will be terminated when fire danger conditions allow.

The Chugach National Forest is stressing fire prevention to ensure everyone has a safe and pleasant outdoor experience. Visitors can do their part to prevent wildfires by checking for fire restrictions, keeping control of their campfires and making sure the coals are cool to the touch before leaving, putting cigarettes out in ashtrays, and not shooting off fireworks in the forest. Always keep wildfire prevention in mind, regardless of the fire danger level or weather conditions.

Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months or both. Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.

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