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BLM: Fireworks And Exploding Targets Ban
The Bureau of Land Management has prohibited the use of fireworks and exploding targets on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. As we celebrate America’s wilderness areas with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we are reminded of how special these places are to all of us. The BLM manages over 16 million acres of public land.
This year’s low snowpack over much of Oregon and lower elevations in eastern Washington may boost the potential for possible wildfires during dry, windy conditions. In recent years we’ve had longer fire seasons. This makes for a substantial change in the fire behavior. Fires are burning hotter and longer fueling the costs of fire suppression.
“In anticipation of the early fire potential, the ban on fireworks and exploding targets will be in effect from now to October 15th. Summer is the time for families and friends to get outside and enjoy public lands. Help protect wildlife habitats, watersheds, rangelands, and forests – the lands that work for you,” said Jerry Perez, State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington.
Those who ignite fireworks or exploding targets on BLM-managed lands can be fined up to $1,000, receive a prison term of up to one year, or both. In addition, individuals responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.