Don’t Even Think About Bringing Fireworks to The Mountains!

Forest Service flogoIf you’re thinking of bringing fireworks into the San Bernardino National Forest, turn around and go home or take them home because possessing and using fireworks in the national forest is prohibited. Period! Visitors are reminded that possessing and using fireworks within the boundaries of the national forest is prohibited by law AT ALL TIMES and it is strictly enforced.

The San Bernardino National Forest is preparing for one of the biggest recreation weekends of the year, as forest visitors come to enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and a variety of other recreational activities on the national forest in celebration of our country’s independence.

With the weather heating up and the lack of snow and rain this last winter it is especially important that forest visitors do not bring anything into the forest like fireworks so if you do there are huge penalties.  “I am encouraging our visitors to plan ahead, and be fire-aware during their forest visit,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “With the public’s help, we can make this a safe and enjoyable holiday.”

Wood and charcoal fires are only permitted in designated fire rings and stoves in campgrounds and picnic grounds. Visitors camping in general forest areas can use a propane or gas cooking stove with a valid California Campfire Permit.

All family and group campgrounds will be open for the holiday. Many campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so to ensure a campsite this time of year visitors  are encouraged to make reservations. Reservations can be made online at http://www.recreation.ngov or call, toll-free, to 1-877-6777.

To check on specific locations and any restrictions call the following office: Barton Flats, (909) 794-4861; Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790), Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851; Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922; Millcreek Ranger Station (909)  382-2881 or the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitors Center at (760) 862-9984.

The Forest Service is happy to send this message about professional fireworks displays where you can safely watch the show, have fun but don’t endanger the forest.

Thursday, July 3-Riverside National Cemetery, Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Pioneer Park in Lucerne Valley and Homestead Park in Landers.

Friday, July 4-Apple Valley-Brewster Park; Big Bear Valley-Big Bear Lake on the lake; Beaumont-Stewart Park; Fontana-Fontana High School; Lake Arrowhead-Lake Arrowhead on the lake-Palm Desert-Palm Desert Civic Center Park; Palm Springs-Palm Springs Stadium; Rancho Cucamonga-Loanmart Field; Redlands-Redlands University; San Jacinto-Valley-wide Regional Park; Yucca Valley-Yucca Valley Sports Park; and Victorville-San Bernardino County Fairgrounds.

Saturday, July 5

Crestline-Lake Gregory Regional Park; Desert Hot Springs-Mission Lakes Boulevard

 

 

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