Contact(s): Amy Baumer

Salmon, Idaho:  With fall weather and hunting season here, the Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Managers would like to remind Forest visitors that the Central Idaho Dispatch Zone remains in HIGH Fire Danger.  Vegetation is dry and wildfires can still occur.  #KnowBeforeYouGo and do your part to ensure you do not start a wildfire.  

Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping and to remember that it’s your job and responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish all campfires.    

If you are planning a hunting, camping, hiking or motorized trip please be especially cautious about actions that could cause a wildfire.

Never leave a campfire unattended.  Always add water, stir it, and make sure all embers are out.  If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

Always use a campfire ring or fire pan when building a campfire.

Recreational shooting? Take precautions!  Never shoot into dry vegetation and always make sure you’re shooting in a safe location.  Be aware that shooting of exploding targets is not allowed on National Forest System lands in the Intermountain Region. 

Refrain from smoking in wooded, grassy or brushy areas.  Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished before leaving the area.

Fireworks are illegal on public lands: every forest, every campsite, every day.  Never light fireworks in the woods.

Ensure you vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.  A loose safety chain or dangling muffler can send a shower of sparks into dry vegetation. 

Keep vehicles off dry grass.  The catalytic converter may contact the vegetation and start a fire. 

Always carry a shovel and fire extinguisher. 

Know before you go.  Always check with your local Ranger Station prior to your trip to get the most up to date information on fire danger and fire restrictions for the area. 

It is best to preplan your route and share that information with people that are not on the hike with you.  Having predetermined check-in points with reliable methods of communication are critical to let your friend and family know where you are should someone need to make contact with you.  

Be cautious out there! Should you start a wildfire, even if it’s by accident, you could be held liable for damages and firefighting costs.  Need to report a wildfire?  Please call Central Idaho Dispatch Center at 208-756-5157 or 911 as soon as possible.  

If you are recreating near an ongoing wildfire suppression operation, please keep your distance - don’t congregate in the area and allow the firefighters to do their job safely and efficiently.  We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires during this fall season.  Remember, One Less Spark Means One Less Wildfire.  

We encourage you to call the Public Lands Center in Salmon at 208-756-5100, or contact the local Ranger District offices.  You are welcome to visit the http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF


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