New Year’s Eve holiday visitors to the Angeles National Forest need to leave their fireworks at home, officials advise.
“The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forests,” said Thomas Contreras, forest supervisor. “The regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.”
The ban on fireworks is year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Forest visitors are also reminded that fires are only allowed in designated campgrounds with fire rings provided. Visitors should also ensure all fires are extinguished by drowning them with water and then stirring the ashes. For more information on campfire safety, see: http://www.smokeybear.com/put-out-campfire.asp
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service here is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Angeles National Forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Recreational activities on the Angeles impact local and surrounding communities, contributing at least $70 million in direct and secondary benefits to the economy each year. The Angeles comprises about 1,000 square miles and attracts about 4 million visitors annually.