Fourth of July Safety on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

As the Fourth of July approaches, Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials are asking for the public’s help in keeping our forests safe.  Leave fireworks and exploding targets at home and be sure to properly extinguish all camp fires.  Remember: possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device on public lands is prohibited year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. 

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 a 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.

Find more fire prevention information, videos, and how-to’s for kids and adults at

Our national forests are places we all use and enjoy.  This Fourth of July holiday let the stars and the night skies be your show.

For further information, please visit or call your local Gifford Pinchot National Forest office:

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Randle, WA: (360) 497-1100

Mount Adams Ranger District, Trout Lake, WA: (509) 395-3400

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Amboy, WA: (360) 449-7800

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, Vancouver, WA: (360)891-5001