The Fourth of July is here and we are ready to celebrate! Our public lands are a great place to enjoy some summer fun like hiking, camping, and fishing during the holiday weekend. Before you head out, there are a few things we want you to know.
- Don’t discharge fireworks, incendiary ammunition, or exploding targets. These activities are illegal on public lands, and you WILL be responsible for the cost of fighting the fire.
- Be aware of burn restrictions. Only build campfires when and where authorized.
- Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely out before leaving the area.
- Don’t park vehicles in dry, grassy areas as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass.
- Be sure recreation vehicles have operating spark arrestors or a catalytic converter.
- Rethink any open flames if winds start to pick up – wind creates conditions that make fire difficult to put out.
- Dispose of your cigarettes responsibly. Partially lit cigarettes can spark fires.
Most wildfires in Washington state are human-caused, therefore taking these simple steps can help prevent wildfires. Whether it’s fireworks, cigarettes, or anything that sparks a fire, it’s absolutely essential that we all do our part to prevent unfortunate fire related incidents and preserve our public lands. For more fire safety tips, visit dnr.wa.gov/WildfirePrevention.
Instead of taking a chance by shooting off fireworks, you may want to leave it to the professionals by visiting a local fireworks show.
If you see smoke or fire, call 911. Even if you’re unsure, a false alarm is better than a large wildfire.