(Information released from BLM)
Effective May 10, 2019, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from May 10, 2019, to October 31, 2019.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the 2019 wildfire outlook for the Pacific Northwest suggests an overall normal year and not as intense as previous ones. The long range forecast from NOAA indicates that east of the Cascades in Oregon and much of Washington will have a summer with more moisture than typical. By comparison, areas west of the Cascades will be hotter and drier starting in late June and possibly into September.
“The BLM wants to remind everyone to play it safe with campfires and outdoor cooking,” said Theresa Hanley, BLM state director for Oregon and Washington. “Remember sparks fly and even a small breeze can fan the flames. We want to protect our wildlife habitats, watersheds, rangelands, and forests – the lands that work for you.”
Those who ignite fireworks, exploding targets, or incendiary devices on BLM-managed lands can be fined up to $1,000, receive a prison term of up to one year, or both.
An incendiary device is defined as any firebomb, and any device designed or specially adapted to cause physical harm to persons or property by means of fire, and consisting of an incendiary substance or agency and a means to ignite it. Examples include but are not limited to a flamethrower, Molotov cocktail, or accelerant.
In addition, individuals responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.
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