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Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility
Montrose, Colorado, Aug. 31, 2021 – As we celebrate Labor Day and the start of hunting season, public land agencies encourage the public to be extra careful with campfires where they are allowed and combustible materials to prevent human-caused fires. Know before you go and check https://www.westslopefireinfo.com/ for local fire restriction information before you head out for the holiday weekend.
Western Colorado has been experiencing drought conditions this year producing a high fire danger rating and lower fuel moisture measurements. Public land agencies ask that you be extra careful as fire danger has steadily increased.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre field offices; Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC); National Park Service (NPS), Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests would like to provide a few helpful tips and reminders for best practices to help prevent an unintentional wildfire while recreating and hunting on public lands this Labor Day weekend.
To reduce wildfire risk, please consider the following:
Even an accidental fire start can result in the individual being held responsible including fines and/or jail time. Visit One Less Spark (http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prevent-Wildfire/) for more great tips on how to prevent wildfire and be prepared for fire season. To learn more about campfire safety visit www.smokeybear.com.
Before heading outside, be sure to “Know Before You Go!” Helpful information about planning your trip can be found on the “Know Before You Go” webpage. Regulations vary between land management agencies, so learn what is permitted before you use fire.
Adhere to the Leave No Trace Principles of outdoor ethics to leave your favorite spot ready for the next visitors to enjoy. Keep yourself safe while recreating outdoors by checking the weather before you go, taking the appropriate equipment including maps, carrying enough food and water, letting someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back, and utilizing suggested or required safety equipment.