“It looks like it will be great weather the entire holiday week, and we want folks to enjoy their public lands,” said Fire Management Officer Steve Ellis. “But we need to avoid human-caused fires in anticipation of needing our resources to fight wildfires caused by lightning – so please be careful out there.”
The following safety tips are encouraged to help prevent an unwanted wildfire:
· Remember fireworks are illegal at all times on public and national forest lands.
· Dispose of cigarette butts in an ashtray or other appropriate container.
· Make sure chainsaws have working spark arresters, and carry water, a shovel, and fire extinguisher when cutting firewood.
· Park your vehicle in areas cleared of vegetation. Use caution when accessing areas with tall, dried vegetation as hot mufflers and catalytic converters from vehicles and ATVs may start a fire.
· Follow good campfire (including charcoal fire) etiquette – never leave it unattended, keep a shovel and water handy, and always put them completely out every time you leave camp. Pour water on the ashes and stir until there is no smoke and ashes are cool to the touch.
Those found negligent in escaped fires could be held liable for both the suppression costs and reclamation of the damaged resources. So, please enjoy your public lands but use caution as we enter the 2007 fire season. Contact your local BLM or Forest Service Office for additional information.