Forest Service says recreate responsibly Independence Day weekend

Celebrating July 4 outdoors is a time-honored tradition throughout the United States, and the USDA Forest Service is happy to welcome so many visitors this upcoming weekend. But remember, fireworks and pyrotechnics are prohibited on public lands — every forest, every campsite, every day.

More than 90 percent of all fires are human caused. Together, Californians can prepare and prevent wildfires with just a bit of planning.

“Public lands, like California’s 18 national forests, see some of our highest numbers around July 4 celebrations,” said Jim Bacon, director of Public Services for the Pacific Southwest Region. “So, it’s a great time to remind everyone to leave the fireworks displays to your city and local groups. Plus, remember to take extra caution this high-water year. Plan ahead, so everyone enjoys a safe, holiday weekend.”

Heading to the Lassen National Forest?
To ensure a fun weekend, plan ahead by visiting the forest’s website to view your recreation site status or see important alerts and forest regulations before you go. Plus, unlike past summers, the strong storms and heavy snow from winter have raised water levels considerably and associated risks remain higher than normal.

Trails and roads may yet be blocked due to lingering snowpack, flooding or road damage. Have backup destinations in mind in case an area is closed or overcrowded. Remember, all offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day, so call early if you have questions.

As always, the Forest Service reminds everyone visiting a national forest to recreate responsibly to prevent wildfires – including noting any fire restrictions in place before starting a campfire, carrying tools to extinguish a flame, and reporting a fire by calling 911. Use our Know Before You Go site for more answers to all your big questions.