National News – Forest Service reminds visitors that fireworks are prohibited on national forest lands

fireworksWINCHESTER, Ky., June 29, 2015 – With the Fourth of July holiday coming up this weekend, Daniel Boone National Forest officials are reminding visitors that all fireworks are banned on national forest lands.

Forest Service policy prohibits “possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device” within the national forest.

“This policy was developed to help ensure the safety of our forest visitors,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Lorenz.

“The use of fireworks was never permitted in developed recreation areas, but our policy now extends the ban on fireworks to the general forest area.”

Forest Service regulations also require that campfires be attended at all times. The agency recommends campfires in designated fire rings and grills within developed recreation areas to minimize the risk of an uncontrolled wildfire.

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