JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California – Park officials want to remind visitors to be extra vigilant with fire during the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The wet winter and spring has created increased growth of grasses and other plants, which have now dried out, creating hazardous fuel conditions throughout much of the park and surrounding areas. Fireworks displays pose an unacceptable risk of wildland fire, and the use of fireworks is prohibited within Joshua Tree National Park. Anyone seeing firework activity in the park should immediately report it to one of the on duty rangers in the park or call park dispatch. Camp fires are permitted only within established grills and fire rings located in designated campgrounds and picnic areas.
Visitors who are camping in the park over the holiday can enjoy free firework displays in the towns of Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. Both communities will start their programs at 9 p.m. on July 4th.