June 24, 2015
Contact: Mike Theune
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 24, 2015 – With another year of continued unprecedented drought, rangers and firefighters would like to remind visitors that fireworks are prohibited in all areas of national parks – including campgrounds, lodges, and other areas within the parks. This prohibition includes so called “safe and sane” fireworks that are sold in various areas throughout the state.
So far this year, the parks have had 11 wildfires totaling less than 20 acres. While most of these have been caused by lightning, the potential for a fire to breakout anywhere is extremely high. The protection of park resources, visitor and staff safety, and the reduction of risk from unwanted wildfire are of paramount importance.
“We want to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe Independence Day celebration by visiting our national parks, but leaving firework shows to the professionals,” said Ned Kelleher, Chief Ranger for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Visitors found with fireworks in the parks could have their fireworks impounded, receive a fine or summons to court, and be held responsible for any damaged caused by a fire they caused.
National parks preserve and protect our nation’s resources and assets not just for the current generation but future generations as well. There is no better birthday gift than ensuring our nation’s parks, our parks, are there for years to come by helping rangers and firefighters keep our public lands safe.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Fire Management Program
For over forty years, our mission has been to use the full range of options and strategies available to manage fire in the parks. This includes protecting park resources, employees, and the public from unwanted fire; building and maintaining fire resilient ecosystems; reducing the threat to local communities from wildfires emanating from the parks or adjacent lands; and recruiting, training, and retaining a professional fire management workforce.