Fireworks illegal on national forest land

From Staff Reports

   With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Cherokee National Forest workers are sending out a reminder to celebrants that fireworks are not allowed on national forest lands, including developed recreation facilities, trails, campsites, wilderness and general forest areas.
   "We encourage all forest users to join in programmed activities that include larger sponsored commercial fireworks displays. These displays are professionally orchestrated in most nearby cities and towns and are free of charge," the Forest Service states.
   With the recent deficit in rainfall amount, conditions in the forest remain dry. Celebrants living adjacent to forested acreage as well as grassy fields and pastures should take care to keep safety first, according to the Forest Service.