Forest fires can sometimes start when campfires are not put out properly. There have already been over a dozen unattended, hot campfires found on the Shoshone National Forest this year.
“The wet spring has produced lots of green grass; however, with the onset of warm weather, the grass will begin to cure and the potential for unattended campfires to escape will increase as the summer progresses,” said Mark Giacoletto, Fire Management Officer for Shoshone National Forest. “It is critical that everyone takes the time to make sure their campfire is out before they leave.”
If you build a campfire, ensure it is in a safe place away from tents and where the fire cannot easily spread to dry fuels. Never leave a campfire unattended and ensure it is properly put out by drowning it with water, ensuring all embers, sticks, and coals are wet. You should be able to put your hand on the coals before you leave your campfire.
Another reminder as people plan Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks are illegal on federal lands. Discharging fireworks may result in a fine up to $5,000 and up to 6 months in jail.
For more information, visit the Shoshone National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone/, follow on Twitter (@ShoshoneNF), or find us on Facebook (US Forest Service - Shoshone National Forest). You can also contact your local ranger district office:
· Washakie Ranger District 307.332.5460
· Wind River District 307.455.2466
· Clarks Fork, Greybull, and Wapiti Ranger District 307.527.6921
As the first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.