Fire restrictions placed across Pacific Northwest starting May 27

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Starting May 27, fire restrictions will be put in place to help protect local communities.

The Bureau of Land Management announced that the use of fireworks, exploding or metallic targets, steel component ammunition, tracer or incendiary devices and sky lanterns will be prohibited on public areas across Oregon and Washington. 

Those who violate those prohibitions could see a $1,000 fine and/or a prison sentence to up to a year. People who are found responsible for creating wildfires on federal lands may be held responsible to pay off fire suppression costs.

“Fire restrictions help protect our first responders, local communities, and public lands from accidental wildfires,” Barry Bushue, BLM Oregon/Washington state director. said. “We are continuing to see drought conditions across Oregon and Washington. By following fire restrictions, the public can help us focus our fire resources on naturally caused fires.”

May is Wildfire Awareness Month. CLICK HERE to read more about the fire restrictions.

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