Forest Service Urges Fire Safety

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Forest Service Urges Fire Safety

With the recent hot temperatures in the area, officials with the Bighorn National Forest have elevated the fire danger on the forest to high. Forest fire managers are asking the public to make every effort to prevent human caused wildfires.

BHNF Public Affairs Specialist Susie Douglas says that high fire danger means dead fuels ignite readily, and that unattended campfires are likely to escape. She said that while no significant fires have occurred in the forest this summer, fire managers are concerned about abandoned campfires.

Douglas said that fire season in the Bighorns typically lasts until mid September. She said that although no fire restrictions are in place for the Bighorn National Forest at this time, visitors should take every precaution to prevent human caused wildfires. Anyone identified as abandoning a campfire, or leaving it unattended risks federal citations as well as liability for costs associated with suppressing the fire.

Carrol Realty
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