Hunters Urged To Be Extra Cautious With Campfires This Fall

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Kirksville Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation is urging hunters to use extra caution with campfires this fall. Dry conditions, low humidity and high winds have increased the danger of wildland fires. With the fall firearm deer season starting this Saturday, many people will be out hunting and camping on public and private lands, further increasing the danger that a fire could quickly get out of control.

Hunters and campers are asked to follow a few precautions to protect against accidentally starting a wildfire.

  • Avoid driving over and never park over tall, dry grass or leaves that can touch the underside of a hot vehicle and spark a fire.
  • When driving vehicles off road, regularly inspect the undercarriage to ensure that fuel and brake lines are intact and no oil leaks are apparent.
  • Clear a generous zone around fire rings.
  • Store unused firewood a good distance from the fire.
  • Never use gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Keep campfires small and manageable.
  • Extinguish campfires each night and before leaving camp – NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED!
  • Keep fire extinguishing materials, such as a rake, shovel, and bucket of water or fire extinguisher close by in case needed.
  • Call emergency services or 911 at the first sign of a fire getting out of control.

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