North Park Fire Rescue Authority
515 Harrison Street,
PO Box 708, Walden, CO 80480
Jeff Benson – Fire Chief – 970.723.4747
|Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests &
Thunder Basin National Grassland
Laramie, WY 82070
Media Contact: Aaron Voos
Fire danger still exists on National Forests and Grassland, campfires need extinguished
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 3, 2019 – Despite snow still lingering at higher elevations and a wet start to summer, National Forest and Grassland visitors, particularly campers, are advised to use caution when building and maintaining campfires.
Always make sure that campfires are thoroughly extinguished before leaving a fire unattended. This is effectively done by stirring coals and other burned materials with water until cool. Even if your fire is a relatively small fire, the fire should be dead out before you leave the site.
Fire personnel on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) have responded recently to multiple unattended or escaped campfires which were not fully extinguished and required attention.
Should warm, dry, or windy conditions align with receptive fuels, the potential for wildfire development and growth exists, even though this year has not yet been an active wildfire season. Some of the largest wildfires on the MBRTB over the last several years, such as Beaver Creek and Badger Creek, started early in the year not too long after snowmelt and when perception was that fire danger was low.
Over the July 4th holiday, Forest visitors are reminded that fireworks are never allowed on federal lands.
Additional fire safety messages from the USDA Forest Service to recreationists are below. Campers and other public land users need to follow basic fire safety rules:
To report a wildland fire, please call the interagency dispatch centers below:
For more information contact your local Forest Service Office, go to our website at fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.
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