The Fourth of July holiday is a wonderful time to get outdoors and have fun with friends and family on Monongahela National Forest. Remember to bring your camera, but please leave fireworks at home. Possessing, igniting, discharging or using any kind of fireworks is prohibited on National Forest System lands.\r\n\r\n\u201cSetting off fireworks in the Forest is not only illegal, it is also a hazardous activity that can lead to injury and wildfires,\u201d said Forest Supervisor Shawn Cochran. \u201cWe encourage Forest visitors to enjoy public fireworks displays in one of the many communities in and around Monongahela National Forest.\u201d\r\n\r\nLaw enforcement personnel will be watchful again this year. The use or possession of fireworks on public lands is subject to confiscation and fines of up to $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization and\/or up to six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held civilly and criminally liable.\r\n\r\nVisit https:\/\/www.fs.usda.gov\/mnf\/ to learn more about Monongahela National Forest.