Enjoy Open Skies on July 4 at National Forests

Release Date: Jun 30, 2022

Contact(s): USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region


[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.VALLEJO, Calif., June 30, 2022—Celebrating July 4 festivities outdoors is a time-honored tradition throughout the United States, and the USDA Forest Service is happy to welcome so many outdoor enthusiasts this upcoming weekend. As you gather and explore please remember that fireworks and pyrotechnics are prohibited on public lands – every forest, every campsite, every day.

More than 90 percent of all wildland fires are human caused. This, coupled with drier than normal conditions, increases the odds of forest fires igniting. Together, Californians can prepare and prevent wildfires with just a bit of planning.

“July 4 celebrations bring lots of activity to California’s 18 national forests, and we want to remind visitors to leave the fireworks displays to your city and local organizations,” said Jim Bacon, director of Public Services for the Pacific Southwest Region. “Let the beauty of the night skies be your show, so everyone can enjoy a safe holiday weekend.”

To ensure a fun weekend, consult the Interactive Visitor Map or visit each national forest website directly to check for important alerts on sites and trails. Have backup destinations in mind in case an area is closed or overcrowded.

As always, the USDA Forest Service reminds everyone visiting a national forest to recreate responsibly to prevent wildfires – including noting any fire restrictions in place before starting a campfire, carrying tools to extinguish a flame, and reporting a fire by calling 911. Use our Know Before You Go site for more answers to all your big questions.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Order for fire restrictions across California national forests is also available in Spanish.

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