Posted: Jun 25, 2013 12:53 PM
With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, don't forget that fireworks are prohibited on federal lands.
That's the word from representatives of the Gallatin and Custer national forests. They remind people that exploding targets and fireworks are prohibited on all federal lands, including the national forests, despite weather conditions. They also remind people to fully extinguish camp fires.
"Even in light of recent precipitation recreationists are reminded to take care not to spark any unwanted fires," said Scott Schuster, Custer Fire Management Officer. "Recent rains allow fuels, especially grasses to grow this spring and summer, taking extra caution this holiday while working and playing outdoors will continue to help prevent wildland fire starts now and throughout the summer."
Discharging fireworks on National Forest System lands can lead to a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in jail.