Enjoy Public Lands; Leave the Fireworks at Home

Central Washington — As the Fourth of July approaches, it's time to remember that responsible enjoyment of your public lands means leaving fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices, including exploding targets, at home. After all, they're illegal year-round on all National Forest lands including the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. 

“We want people to enjoy this great national holiday, but do so in ways that are thoughtful of personal, community, and natural resource safety," said Deputy Forest Fire Staff Officer, Matt Castle. "So come play on your public lands, just leave the fireworks at home."

While recent moisture pulses have kept fire danger holding at the 'high' rating for the Forest, responsible campfires are also a must. If you're planning to have a campfire:

  • Make sure campfires are allowed in the area camping will occur.

  • In developed campgrounds, use an existing fire ring. In back-country areas, look for existing rock 'fire rings'.

  • Clear all vegetation away from the ring and don’t build a campfire underneath low hanging tree branches.

  • Keep water and a shovel nearby.

  • Extinguish your fire by drowning it with water, stirring the embers to ensure everything is wet, and later feeling the coals and embers to be sure they are cool to the touch. If it‘s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

Fireworks prohibited

Don't be the spark graphic. Fireworks are prohibited on public lands. Credit: USDA Forest Service

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