MADISON, Wis. – As the July 4 holiday weekend approaches, the Department of Natural Resources (MNR) reminds the public that fireworks are prohibited on lands managed by MNR. Restricted areas include state parks, forests, and state-owned public hunting and fishing areas.
Fireworks are regulated in Wisconsin and a permit may be required depending on the specific type of fireworks. It is best to check with local authorities before purchasing and lighting them.
Most wildfires caused by fireworks occur during the weeks before and after the July 4 holiday or during prolonged drought conditions. Forest fires can start whenever the ground is not completely snow covered. The DNR recommends being especially careful with fireworks and all fires, when fire danger is high and fires spread quickly and burn more intensely, especially in spring and during dry summer periods. .
Anyone who uses fireworks should take precautions to prevent wildfires now and in the coming weeks. Explosive fireworks, such as firecrackers, m-70s, bottle rockets, and Roman candles, cause the most fireworks-related wildfires.
Although holiday favorites such as sparklers and fountains aren’t defined as fireworks by state law, they pose a significant fire threat, especially near grassy areas in hot weather. and dry.
A citation for illegal fireworks in a state park or forest can cost up to $200.50. Offenders, or the parents of offenders, could be liable for the full cost of extinguishing a fire and up to twice the cost of damages.
Anyone planning to camp in a Wisconsin state park or forest over the 4th of July weekend should take advantage of the fireworks in nearby communities — not at picnic areas, campsites, or other areas in state parks, forests and trails.
Although fire danger levels are generally moderate throughout Wisconsin, all fireworks have the potential to cause a wildfire. Most wildfires caused by fireworks usually occur around the July 4 holiday.
In addition to threatening the health of Wisconsin lands, fireworks could also affect people’s health due to the chemical properties they may contain and emit into the air. Anyone responsible for starting a wildfire in Wisconsin is responsible for the cost of extinguishing the fire and any damages.
Before using any fire outdoors:
- Know the daily fire danger
- Obtain the appropriate permits
- Choose a safe area free of flammable materials
- Have water and tools nearby
- Make sure the fireworks are fully extinguished and cool before you go