U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release:June 20, 2007
Fire Officials Stress Caution for July Fourth Holiday
Possession and Use of Fireworks Illegal on Public Lands and National Forests
Northeast California fire officials are reminding area residents and visitors to be careful with fire and fireworks when they celebrate Independence Day.
“Conditions are very dry for this early in the summer. People need to be extremely careful when camping, driving in the back country and cutting fire wood,” said Jim Hedges, a co-manager of the Susanville Interagency Fire Center.
Hedges stressed that possession and use of all fireworks – including those approved by the State of California – are illegal in national forests, national parks and on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. County and city governments have various regulations regarding fireworks, and holiday revelers should be familiar with local laws before purchasing or using the devices.
Those planning camping trips should also follow basic fire safety tips:
Those exploring the forests and back country in vehicles should stay on established roads and trails, and avoid driving over dry brush and grass that could be ignited by hot exhaust systems.
Firewood cutters should operate chainsaws only in the cool morning hours, and keep a shovel and fire extinguisher nearby. Chainsaws must be equipped with spark arresters.
Information on current fire dangers is available from any office of the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or CAL FIRE. Local fire departments also have information on fire dangers and restrictions, and local fireworks regulations.