Tongass National Forest: Possessing fireworks penalty can be as high as $5,000
June 26 2015
“People assume the restrictions apply just to developed recreations areas managed by the Forest Service, including campgrounds, picnic areas, and day use areas,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Tristan Fluharty, “but no fireworks or pyrotechnic device of any kind may be discharged anywhere within the National Forests, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. We do not want to spoil anyone’s holiday, but we want the holiday to be enjoyable and safe for all forest visitors.”
One of five abandoned campfires found at Last Chance campground recently after the Forest Service had issued a high fire risk warning. Extinguish all campfires before leaving, even if gone for a short period of time
No other fire restrictions for the public are in place by the Forest Service, but visitors are asked to be mindful when visiting the Tongass National Forest as most fires are human-caused.
Additionally, fireworks are not allowed in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. No person shall offer for sale, expose for sale, sell or possess any fireworks within any area of the Ketchikan Borough outside any city. The Ketchikan Borough also requires a permit for public fireworks displays. The permit for public fireworks displays must be obtained from the borough manager or his authorized representative after approval by local fire authorities. Any violation can be punishable by a maximum fine of $500.00. (Ketchikan Gateway Borough Fireworks Code)
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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