INLAND NW ROUTES
FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE
Now I know, none of us go into the mountains, camping, backpacking, and celebrating, to catching the forest on fire.
But it happens.
Every year, someone walks away from a campfire, thinking it will go out on its own, or they don’t have the equipment to extinguish their fires.
There’s an easy fix for drowning your fire.
We all should be carrying several plastic grocery bags to pick up trash, in your pack. Find the one that has some small holes in the bag.
Dip the grocery bag into the water and pinch off the leaks to conserve water.
Check which direction the wind is blowing, and stand up wind, so as not to get streamed and ashed.
Release the pinches and douse your fire DEAD OUT.
SERIOUSLY, after drowning your fire, feel for hot spots.
YOUR FIRE MUST BE 100% DEAD OUT.
You can use the grocery bags by filling the with dirt, and smothering your fire.
Put your fire out early, so as you pack up to leave, you can check for hot spots.
If by chance you cause a wildfire, you could be legally charged and fined and/or jailed, to recuperate the costs of fighting the fire.
Airplanes and helicopters, not to mention firefighters are not cheap to operate. Those expenses could become your expenses.
If none of that stirs you, think about how you will feel after a families home is destroyed. Or a whole town.
When there are FIRE RESTRICTIONS posted at Ranger Stations or on Highway info signs, pay attention.
None of us are immune to prosecution.
So simply use your head.
PLEASE, PUT YOUR FIRES “DEAD OUT.”
Chic Burge David Crafton
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