No Fireworks Allowed in National Forest Lands

Fireworks featurePress release from Six Rivers Forest Service:

With many people choosing to enjoy a long Independence Day weekend on the Six Rivers National Forest, Acting Forest Supervisor Liz Berger reminds forest visitors that the use of fireworks, including California’s “Safe and Sane” fireworks, are not allowed on national forest lands. Regulations are strictly enforced to protect public and natural resources.

Communities near the forest’s four ranger stations—Gasquet, Orleans, Willow Creek and Mad River—do not have public fireworks displays. The coastal communities of Crescent City and Eureka will have public fireworks displays on July 4. Fortuna’s fireworks will be on July 3.

“We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the forest over the July 4th holiday,” said Berger. “However, fireworks and forests just don’t go well together. It only takes one spark to start a wildfire.”

Acting Interagency Forest Fire Chief Rick Young said, “Our grass and other light fuels are abundant and have cured out to a point where they’re susceptible to ignition by fireworks.”

Prohibiting fireworks on public lands is one way to mitigate these risks, but there are other ways. One of them is through increased homeowner participation to create wildfire-resilient communities and increased visitor awareness of fire safety and prevention.

To raise awareness on how everyone can do their part to prevent unwanted wildfires from threatening our communities, the forest joined forces with Humboldt County, CAL FIRE, and local fire agencies and community organizations to develop and publish the second edition of Living with Wildfire in Northwestern California. The magazine is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/srnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD541187. Copies are also available at any Six Rivers National Forest office.

The public is also encouraged to visit www.preventwildfireca.org to learn more about wildland fire awareness, fire prevention and how to protect their homes and communities from wildfire, how to exercise safe campfire practices, and to pick up a free campfire permit. Campfire permits are not required in developed recreation sites; however, they are required in all other forest locations.

To learn more about how to prevent wildfires, to request a presentation on wildfire prevention, or to receive a copy of Living with Wildfire in Northwestern California, please contact Robert Rivelle at rrivelle@fs.fed.us

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