Celebrate the Fourth, but Please Leave the Fireworks at Home!

With the July 4th holiday approaching, it is time for a few reminders from the Willamette National Forest:

Possessing fireworks is prohibited on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands in Oregon and Washington. Fireworks pose a serious fire-start threat. The penalty for possessing fireworks (including sparklers) can be as high as $5,000 or imprisonment for up to six months or both.

Campfire restrictions: While there are no campfire restrictions at this time, campers are encouraged to think carefully about their need for a fire and to use a propane stove or other cooking device whenever possible. In addition, never leave a fire unattended – always extinguish it completely, even when leaving for a short time. “Extinguished” means that you can place the palm of your hands in the coals and they are cold.

Tracy Beck, Willamette National Forest Supervisor says, “Come out and enjoy your national forest, but please, leave the fireworks at home!”

If you are visiting the forest, you should know that campgrounds have reserved as well as sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details on each site are available on the web at https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/willamette/recreation/camping-cabins. Campers can reserve sites at www.recreation.gov.

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