JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY & HINES, OR – (Press release from the Malheur National Forest)
As we commemorate our country’s independence, this holiday provides a great opportunity to take advantage of the numerous recreation opportunities on the Malheur National Forest (Malheur NF). Whether you are hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, viewing wildlife, or picnicking; Forest officials are asking for your help keeping our public lands safe.
While celebrating this 4th of July holiday, all visitors to the Malheur NF are asked to help prevent wildfires. Leave fireworks and exploding targets at home. Remember that possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device on public lands is prohibited year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Forest visitors are encouraged to enjoy local fireworks displays that will be offered in several communities in Grand and Harney counties.
“Fireworks are prohibited on federal lands and we ask all visitors to the Malheur National Forest to be extra careful with anything that could start a fire.” said Ron Simpson, Malheur National Forest Fire and Aviation Staff Officer. “That seemingly harmless sparkler, as well as the bigger combustible devices like rockets and Roman Candles, can start a fire. Fire Management want all visitors to enjoy being out on their public lands without the threat of wildfire caused by fireworks or unattended campfires.”
Campers are reminded that the Malheur National Forest is at Phase B of Public Use Restrictions and campfires are allowed only in designated recreation sites. Carry a shovel and a gallon of water whenever using a campfire. Never leave a campfire unattended. When leaving your campsite, be sure your fire is cold/out.
Our national forests and grasslands are precious resources we all use and enjoy. This 4th of July holiday let the night skies be your show. Discharging fireworks on federal public lands is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and a sentence of up to six months in jail.
If you would like to find out more about the different recreational opportunities on the Malheur NF, visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/.
For a more information regarding Public Use Restrictions and a list of designated recreation sites please visit: Malheur National Forest – Fire Management (usda.gov)
Have a happy and safe 4th of July. Thank you for your interest in the Malheur National Forest!