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No fireworks on our National Forests

June 22, 2022

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests would like to remind visitors that fireworks, and the possession of fireworks, are prohibited on National Forest System lands, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Exploding targets and other pyrotechnic devices, such as Tannerite, are also prohibited on public lands administered by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

For a fun and safe recreational experience this Fourth of July, here are a few additional tips to know:
  • Visitors to the forest are asked to be very careful with fire. If camping, be sure to pack a shovel and a bucket for extinguishing your campfire. Please practice good sense by using caution with fire and smoking at all times and in all places. Never leave your campfire unattended, and before leaving your campsite, douse the fire with water, stir, and check your campfire for heat with your bare hand. ALL fires must be DEAD OUT when left unattended and before leaving the site.
  • When camping, store food in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof containers. The Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake, and portions of the Sandpoint Ranger District all have food storage requirements in place. For more information, read the Forests’ Food Storage Order at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf/home.
  • Please stay on designated motorized routes. Visitors should carry a Motor Vehicle Use Map, available for FREE at any of our offices, and observe all off-highway motorized travel laws and regulations when exploring the forest on motorized equipment. Due to this year’s snowpack, visitors should expect to encounter show at high elevations, and avoid situations that their gear or vehicles are not equipped for.
  • Remember to pack out your garbage and clean up your site before you leave.

For more information on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, please visit the homepage above or contact your local ranger station.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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