Public Urged to Use Caution with Fireworks this Fourth of July

Please be careful with personal fireworks and campfires this Independence Day holiday. It only takes one spark to ignite a wildfire, and many areas in Northern Minnesota are in moderate to high fire conditions.

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center urges everyone to practice fire prevention and be safe this Fourth of July. “Let’s keep this a safe holiday. If you choose to use personal fireworks, first, check your local area’s current fire conditions,” said Aaron Mielke, MN DNR. “Please, use caution with fireworks, and make sure the area you use is clear of vegetation. This will help prevent a wildfire.”

A reminder that the use of personal fireworks is prohibited in Minnesota State Parks and federal lands, including Forest Service managed land. There are many local community options to view professional firework displays and celebrate this Independence Day holiday safely.

Nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused. Following these campfire tips can help prevent a wildfire:

  • Keep flammable material at least three feet from open flames.
  • Attend to your campfire at all times.
  • Keep a handy source of water ready.
  • Stir the ashes until the campfire is completely out.
  • Check that the ashes and coals are completely cold by feeling with the back of your bare hand.

Should an open fire escape, never hesitate to call 911. Trained firefighters are ready to respond. Remember, fire prevention is key this 4th of July Holiday.