The U.S. Forest Service is reminding visitors and campers that the use of all fireworks is prohibited on the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests in North Carolina.
Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all national grassland and national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.
Regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.