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Gifford Pinchot National Forest elevates fire danger rating

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
August 16, 2010 2:20 pm

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest just announce they have increased
the fire danger rating to very high.

Officials are asking visitors and other Forest-users to take added precautions.

As you’re enjoying your campfire, remember these safety tips:

  1. Once you have a fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily
  2. Keep your fire to a manageable size and do not burn a fire during the heat of the day
  3. Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
  4. Never leave your campfire unattended
  5. Never cut live trees or branches from live trees

When you’re ready to put out your fire and call it a night, follow these
guidelines:

  1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  3. Keeping pouring water until hissing sound stops
  4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  5. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  6. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  7. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool Remember: DO NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

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