Celebrate safely this Independence Day weekend

Release Date: Jun 29, 2022

Contact(s): Leslie Garcia

Springfield, Ore. – June 29, 2022 — The Willamette National Forest wants everyone to enjoy a fun and safe time outdoors as we approach Independence Day weekend. We are reminding visitors that all fireworks are prohibited on public lands at all times and we encourage visitors to keep fire safety practices in mind when vising the forest.

Fireworks – All explosives and pyrotechnic devices, including fireworks and explosive targets, are never allowed on national forest, regardless of weather or conditions. Violators who bring fireworks onto national forests and grasslands can be fined up to $5,000 and sentenced with up to six months in jail (36 CFR 261.52) and may be liable for suppression costs and property damage.

Recreation Risks –Before visiting public lands, check what the overall fire danger level is at and what public use restrictions are in effect at https://go.usa.gov/xJMXc. If cooking outdoors, use a fuel stove with an on/off switch to prepare hot meals. If campfires are permitted, keep coals inside a steel container or fire ring. Never leave a fire unattended. To extinguish a campfire, stir water into the ashes and break up any coals until the ground feels cold.

Motorized Equipment & Vehicle Safety – If you are towing equipment or a trailer, make sure tow chains are not dragging where they can strike pavement or rocks, which can cause sparks. If you smoke, find a vegetation-free area or stay inside your car; never toss lit cigarettes from your vehicle. Park on vegetation-free surfaces – the hot undercarriage of your car can set dry grass on fire. Bring a fire extinguisher or several gallons of water when travelling in remote areas. Remember that in an emergency, first responders and their vehicles will need immediate access – do not block forest roads!

Whether you are camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, or riding on the Willamette National Forest this weekend, remember that fires can start anywhere, at any time. Make sure you have the 10 Outdoor Essentials on hand and have a plan for what to do if disaster strikes.

Visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/willamette, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @willamettenf for the latest updates.

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