Fireworks are illegal in the San Bernardino National Forest 365 days a year — not just on the Fourth of July. (File Photo)
By Susan A. Neufeld
Mountain Communities – San Bernardino National Forest officials and local fire departments are reminding residents, visitors and campers that fireworks are prohibited at all times. Fireworks can be beautiful and they can be part of America’s birthday cerebration, but they can also be deadly, unpredictable, and are only for professionals.
U. S. Forest Service personnel will be out in force, along with other fire and law enforcement agencies, to enforce the regulation and encourage everyone to attend public fireworks shows in Crestline (July 1), Lake Arrowhead (July 3) and/or Big Bear Lake (July 4). All three public shows are slated to start about 9 p.m.
NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED
The law states that no fireworks, or pyrotechnic device of any kind, may be discharged anywhere within the boundaries of the San Bernardino National Forest, regardless of weather conditions or special holidays, such as Independence Day.
All regulations relating to fireworks are strictly enforced and each violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine or imprisonment, or both.
“Those possessing or discharging fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices in the national forest can be ticketed and fined,” a local fire agency’s release states. “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s holiday, but at the same time, we want the holiday to be enjoyable and safe for all visitors and residents in the mountain communities.”
In addition, visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest are reminded that all approved campfires must be extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them unattended.
If you see anyone discharging personal fireworks — including the “safe and sane” variety sold at some locations off the hill — call 9-1-1 immediately.