The Bureau of Land Management has stated that, as of Tuesday, May 23, all public lands in the states of Oregon and Washington would be subject to fire restrictions.
The BLM has reminded all visitors to be aware of any active restrictions and closures as warmer, drier weather comes into the Pacific Northwest.
On May 23rd, all forms of fireworks, metal or explosive targets, steel core or jacket ammunition, tracer or incendiary weaponry, and sky lanterns will be forbidden. Human-caused fires are less likely to occur as a result of these restrictions.
Here’s the Facebook update from Oregon and Washington on fire restrictions:
“Although we had a wet winter, we must still be careful with activities that can cause a spark to keep our first responders, local communities, and public lands safe from accidental wildfires,” said Anita Bilbao, BLM Oregon/Washington Associate State Director.
“We are seeing more invasive grass due to the wet weather, which dries out quickly without rain. Everyone can help by following fire restrictions and practicing fire safety while out on your public lands.”
Violators might face up to a $1,000 fine and/or a year in jail for breaking the ban. In addition, those who are found responsible for starting wildfires on federal lands may be held financially accountable for the cost of putting them out.
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