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Forest officials encourage safety during Independence Day holiday

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – July 1, 2022 — Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest officials are
reminding visitors to make safety their number one priority when enjoying the outdoors during and
after the holiday.
For more hiking tips, visit the Forest Service’s “Know Before You Go” page at
https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/hiking.
During the holiday weekend, many people will be using fireworks to celebrate. However, using fireworks
in the National Forests is prohibited year-round.
Hikers, campers, and recreationists must be careful with any use of fire in the outdoors and ensure
campfires are always watched and completely extinguish them before leaving campsites.
For additional information on opportunities on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, call 479-964-7200
or the Ouachita National Forest at 501-321-5202 or visit the web at www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita or
www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf.

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