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Lassen National Forest Reminds Visitors to Leave Fireworks at Home

Lassen National Forest officials want to remind the public that not only are fireworks illegal on the forest, but they also pose a serious fire danger.

With conditions drier than average as we approach the 4th of July holiday, it is particularly important that all forest visitors observe the fireworks prohibition.

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Regulations will be enforced. Violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

Visitors are also reminded to be extremely careful when camping, driving in the back country, and cutting fire wood.

All camp fires should be extinguished and cold to the touch before abandoned. Vehicles must be operated on established roads and trails, and not 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.

For information about the Lassen National Forest, please see the website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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