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SHERWOOD – With Fourth of July weekend upon us, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding the public that fireworks are prohibited in state parks and other DNR-managed lands.

Although holiday favorites such as sparklers and fountains are not defined as fireworks per state law, they do pose a significant fire threat especially near grassy areas in hot and dry weather.

Restricted areas include state parks, forests and state-owned public hunting and fishing areas.

Fireworks are regulated in Wisconsin, and depending on the specific type of fireworks, a permit may be required. It is best to check with local officials before purchasing them and lighting them.

Anyone using fireworks should take precautions to prevent wildfires now and during the next few weeks. Exploding fireworks, such as firecrackers, M-80s, bottle rockets and roman candles, cause the most fireworks-related wildfires.

A citation for illegal fireworks in a state park or forest can cost up to $200.50. Violators, or parents of violators, could be responsible for the total costs of extinguishing a fire and up to twice the cost of damages.

Anyone planning on camping in a Wisconsin State Park or forest during the Fourth of July weekend should enjoy fireworks displays in nearby communities — not at picnic areas, campsites or other areas within state parks, forests and trails.

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By staff