Fireworks Prohibited on Monongahela National Forest

Contact(s): Kelly Bridges, Public Affairs Officer

ELKINS, W.Va., June 30, 2020 – The Fourth of July holiday is a wonderful time to get outdoors and have fun with friends and family on Monongahela National Forest. Remember to bring your camera, but please leave fireworks at home. Possessing, igniting, discharging or using any kind of fireworks is prohibited on National Forest System lands. 

“Setting off fireworks in the Forest is not only illegal, it is also a hazardous activity that can lead to injury and wildfires,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Roman Torres. “We encourage Forest visitors to enjoy public fireworks displays in one of the communities in and around Monongahela National Forest.” 

Law enforcement personnel will be watchful again this year. The use or possession of fireworks on public lands is subject to confiscation and fines of up to $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization and/or up to six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held civilly and criminally liable. 

Visitors to Monongahela National Forest are urged to follow precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: