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Friday, July 12, 2019

Forest Service wants public's help to extinguish campfires

BOISE, Idaho, July 12, 2019, -- Fire managers want to urge forest visitors to completely extinguish campfires before they pack up and leave the woods. With higher temperatures, fuel conditions are expected to dry out, increasing the risk of wildfire ignitions. Over the 4thof July holiday, Boise National Forest employees discovered multiple abandoned campfires.

“We are at that turning point where temperatures are rising and forest vegetation is drying out; add unattended campfires to the equation and the risk of a human-caused wildfire increases significantly,” said Steve Baran, Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer. “We are asking the public to help us by ensuring their campfire is out and cold to the touch whenever they leave camp. Otherwise, someone should stay at the site if the campfire is burning or holding heat.”

While fire season has been a slow start in Southwest Idaho, Boise National Forest fire crews have already suppressed a number of lightning caused fires.

Last year within the Boise National Forest, firefighters responded to 18 human-caused wildfires which burned more than 6,000 acres compared to the 13 lightning caused fires which burned about 152 acres.