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March 30, 2023

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Agency bans fireworks across two states

The Columbian

The federal Bureau of Land Management has banned the use of fireworks and exploding targets on all BLM-managed lands in Washington and Oregon, effective Monday.

The announcement comes as officials brace for what’s expected to be a long, difficult fire season in the Northwest due to drought conditions. The ban will remain in effect until Oct. 15, according to the agency.

People who ignite fireworks or exploding targets on BLM lands could face fines of up to $1,000, a prison term of up to one year, or both, the agency said. Individuals responsible for starting wildfires can also billed for the cost of fighting them.

Long-term forecasts call for a warm, dry summer across Washington and Oregon. Additional restrictions on fireworks and burning are likely to be announced by other agencies in the coming weeks.