Fireworks Prohibited on Federal and State Protected Lands

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261

Lakeview, Oregon - The Fourth of July is one of America’s great landmark holidays, celebrating our nation's independence. This is also a great time to enjoy nearby forests and rangelands. However, it is vitally important that all users be aware that possessing, igniting, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or exploding targets is prohibited on lands protected by Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Oregon Department of Forestry. U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

"Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all public lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays," said Kim Karalus, Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) Manager. "Instead, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy public fireworks displays.”

The use or possession of fireworks on federal or state lands is subject to confiscation and fines of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held civilly and criminally liable.

Please report all violations or wildfires, within Klamath or Lake Counties, to the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315, or by calling 9-1-1. Information on public use restrictions may be obtained by calling 541-947-6259 or visiting the LIFC Web site at:

Federal Public Use Restrictions are not in effect at this time. However, Oregon Department of Forestry is in Public Regulated Use Closure. The closure order states, "the use of fireworks is prohibited. Fireworks means any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes and sparklers."

Due to the mild winter and other conditions, the potential for fire is much higher than normal.

State and federal fire officials ask that visitors extinguish all campfires and make sure they are cold to the touch before leaving them.Also, be aware that vehicles driving or parking over dry vegetation can easily spark ablaze.

Currently, campgrounds, picnic/day use areas and trails on federal and state managed lands are open and ready to be enjoyed this summer. If you would like to find out more information about the different recreational opportunities in south central Oregon, visit the following Web sites:


Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!