Possessing fireworks or shooting them off in the Daniel Boone National Forest is now prohibited.
Acting forest supervisor Bill Lorenz has issued an order prohibiting the possession, discharge or use of any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnic devices in the national forest, officials said Tuesday.
"This decision was made to help prevent wildfires and create a safer environment for forest visitors," Lorenz said in a statement. "The solitude of the natural forest environment can be enjoyed by visitors and animals alike, without the noise or the risk of an uncontrolled wildfire."
The fireworks ban will be in place year-round for five years. After that, officials will determine whether to make it permanent, forest spokeswoman Kimberly Morgan said.
Fireworks have never been permitted in developed campgrounds or other recreational areas in the national forest.
The new order extends that prohibition to all national forest lands within the Daniel Boone, officials said.