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Fireworks and exploding targets banned on BLM lands, national forests

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With a holiday weekend approaching, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are reminding the public about bans on fireworks and exploding targets.

The use of fireworks and exploding targets is prohibited on all BLM-managed public lands and national forests throughout Oregon and Washington.

Ignoring the ban on BLM-managed lands can carry penalties including a fine up to $1,000 and one year in prison.

Anyone responsible for starting a wildland fire on federal land can also be billed the cost of fire suppression.

BLM officials said there have already been 228 fires this year that have burned more than 1,500 acres.

"In recent years we've had longer fire seasons and fires are burning hotter and longer fueling the costs of fire suppression," according to a statement from the bureau.

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