Despite Storms, Fires Still Pose Danger In Forest

Despite the recent flush of snow and rain, fire remains a danger in Rim Country, the Forest Service warned recently.

Despite the recent flush of snow and rain, fire remains a danger in Rim Country, the Forest Service warned recently. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Despite the recent flush of snow and rain, fire remains a danger in Rim Country, the Forest Service warned recently.

Hunting and wood gathering pose an ongoing risk, due to the rainfall totals being about half of normal and the effects of warm, mild conditions this fall. Fine grassy fuels and dry brush remain susceptible to wildfire.

Here are some suggestions to help prevent wildfires:

For Landowners:

• Thin trees and brush near structures.

• Remove weeds and mow dry grasses.

• Clear twig and leaf litter from roofs and gutters.

• Stack firewood well away from structures.

• Surround structures with drought and fire-resistant or irrigated landscape.

• Have a plan for evacuation.

For Campers, Hunters and Drivers:

• If you do not need a fire, do not build one.

• Use established campfire rings when available.

• Build campfires well away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and leaves.

• Keep water and a shovel near the campfire.

• Douse campfire with water and stir one hour before leaving.

• Don’t leave until ashes are cool to the touch.

• Supervise children around fires.

• Only smoke in approved areas and dispose of smoking materials properly.

• Don’t pull off the road in areas with tall grass, since hot catalytic converters or exhaust articles start a fire.

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