Just a little extra effort can reduce potential for wildfire

Release Date: Aug 7, 2018  

You can help reduce the potential for accidental wildfires with just a little extra effort. During the current extremely dry conditions on the Forest even the tiniest spark can cause a catastrophe. Following these simple steps can make all the difference for you and for everyone else:

 

  1. Be aware of and follow all fire restrictions
  • STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks Zone 1 and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Map and details: www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater .
  • As you travel, check locally before lighting a campfire as conditions may change and counties and local fire districts may have additional or new fire restrictions.
  • Dispose of lit smoking materials appropriately. In the current fire restriction area, smoking is only allowed within a closed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site.
  1.        Camping and recreating
  • Only build campfires where authorized and when not restricted; put them completely out before leaving camp, even for a few minutes; use plenty of water and dirt. Stir until the coals are cold to the touch. If you do use a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area — be sure it is cold to the touch.
  • Use alternatives to campfires during periods of high fire danger, even if there are no restrictions. If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other debris that may catch fire. Take care to prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.
  • Fireworks, incendiary ammunition and exploding targets start fires and are illegal to use or discharge on public lands, including all national forest lands.
  1. Vehicles and Towing
  • Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle or trailer. They can throw sparks and start fires.
  • Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning and approved spark arrester.
  • Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush. The hot underside of the vehicle can start a fire. You may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
  • Check tire pressure and condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks.
  • Have brakes serviced regularly to prevent brake pads wearing too thin; metal on metal can spark or drop pieces of hot brake pad.
  1.        If you see something such as unattended smoke, fire, or suspicious activities, note the location as best you can and report it to authorities. Call 911.

 

With the above extra effort, you can help reduce the risk for a wildfire that could threaten homes and lives.  Remember: Nine out of 10 fires are caused by humans.

To learn about active fires, go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

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