Facebook76Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National ForestAs the Fourth of July approaches, fire officials remind visitors that fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited on public lands.“With warm and dry conditions, all it takes is one small spark to start a wildfire,” said Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “Please be safe and responsible with fire when visiting your public lands this summer!”Fireworks are banned on national forests at all times, regardless of weather or conditions. Fireworks are also prohibited on other public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Oregon State Parks, and Washington State Parks, as well as most county and city parks. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail (36 CFR 261.52). Additionally, anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.Visitors are also encouraged to practice campfire safety as unattended campfires are the number one source of human-caused wildfires on public land. If you are planning to have a campfire, please remember:First, check at the Olympic National Forest offices and know before you go whether campfires are allowed in the area you are visiting. Fire restrictions may be in place depending on current conditions.Keep your campfire small and away from flammable material.Use a designated campfire ring when available.Keep water and shovel nearby.Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning your fire with water and stirring with a shovel.Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.Nationally, nearly nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused through debris burning, equipment sparks, campfires, and other means. In 2018, 1,485 wildfires in Oregon (68%) and 1,457 wildfires in Washington (84%) were human-caused.Visit www.SmokeyBear.com for additional fire prevention information and resources.For more information about the Olympic National Forest visit the website.