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Deer Hunters, Beware of Fire Danger!

Nov 09, 2010

I hate to beat a dead horse, but the danger of wildfire is so high right now I have to repeat last week’s caution to deer hunters. Most campers and hunters are careful with fire, but normal caution isn’t enough right now.

The only significant chance of rain in the weather forecast isn’t until Friday, and it’s a small chance. The forecast mostly calls for unseasonably high temperatures, sun and wind. That means the danger of wildfire probably will remain extremely high on opening weekend of the November firearms deer season. The way things are now, almost anything could touch off a tremendously destructive blaze.

As you set up deer camp, hang tree stands and scout for deer, please remember the following cautions.

Wildfires can start when fine, dry fuel, such as grass, comes in contact with a vehicle’s catalytic converter. Think twice before driving into and across a grassy field, and never park where dry grass or leaves can touch the underside of a vehicle.

Carry an approved fire extinguisher on vehicles that are used off road.

Don’t use flammable liquid to start a fire.

Clear a generous zone around fire rings. A leaf blower makes clearing leaves easy and can be used to clear a firebreak quickly in case of emergency.

Keep a rake and a garden sprayer full of water near the campfire just in case wind blows a live ember into surrounding leaves or grass.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Extinguish campfires before turning in at night and before leaving camp, even if it's just for a short time.

If you smoke, put out your cigarettes completely. Burn them in your campfire or pack them out.

Call 911 at the first sign of an escaped fire. Minutes count in controlling a wildfire.

Check out http://bit.ly/cuAsrf for more information about wildfire prevention.

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