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Friday, September 4, 2020

Hunters and Wildfire Safety - Don’t let your hunting season go up in smoke!

Despite the continued hot and dry mid-summer like weather, hunting season has begun across Idaho. Please do not be complacent about the importance of fire prevention and safety.  Hunters and recreationalist continue to enjoy public lands during the fall, appreciating the typical brisk mornings and warm afternoons, but the potential to start a wildfire is still high.

“As we begin our late summer and fall activities, our current weather patterns are showing prolonged hot temperatures and no precipitation. Please keep current conditions in mind while you enjoy our wonderful public lands,” said BLM Idaho State Fire Management Officer Dennis Strange. “Fire crews are still active in keeping everyone safe. Please do your part in keeping our public lands enjoyable for all.”

On May 10, 2020, BLM Idaho State Director John F. Ruhs issued a Fire Prevention Order to prohibit the possession or use of steel core/incendiary/tracer ammunition and exploding targets. In general, please be proactive and take precautionary measures while shooting by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target area, and make sure to have fire safety equipment on hand (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water). Studies has shown that sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments cause vegetation fires as much as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jackets fragments. The Fire Prevention Order remains in effect until Oct. 20, 2020.

Before you head out to your favorite hunting spot make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blown tire. Sparks thrown from an improperly maintained vehicle or trailer can cause roadside fires without knowledge of the driver.

Finally, everyone enjoys a campfire, but several areas across Idaho are currently in fire restrictions. The devastating effects of an illegal or unattended campfire could last for many years. Please take the proper steps to follow any implemented restrictions and completely extinguish your campfire fire before leaving the area.

For more information on current area wildfires, fire restrictions, and fire prevention information visit www.idahofireinfo.com, Idaho Fire Info on Facebook, and follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter.