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BOZEMAN - People planning to enjoy Independence Day in the Gallatin National Forest are encouraged to plan ahead for their fireworks display.

In an effort to avoid wildfires, forest officials said it is illegal to set off any fireworks on state or federal lands. They said campfires should always be attended and put out properly.

Officials add if you are caught setting off fireworks in the forest, you could be fined up to $5,000 and face up to six months in jail.

"If you're going to have fireworks, keep them at your house, keep them in safe area," said Marianne Baumberger, Gallatin National Forest Information Officer. "If you're going to be using fireworks anywhere make sure you have buckets, shovels, a proper area around them, so they don't go into places where you don't want them to be."

Last year, fireworks were set off in a fishing access site, which started a fire that burned a building and closed down the Madison River that flows through the Bear Trap Canyon. It burned more than 15,000 acres.

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