“We are very concerned about the dry conditions throughout the forest and the occurrence of human caused fires,” said Forest Supervisor Mary Farnsworth. “We need the public’s help in preventing wildfire.”
During this year’s fire season firefighters across the Idaho Panhandle National Forests have successfully suppressed one hundred percent of the 12 human caused and 42 lightning caused fires they have responded to. However, in these conditions it only takes one smoldering campfire or cigarette carelessly tossed out a window to cause the kind of devastating wildfires we have witnessed throughout the west this year. Campers, hunters, and those operating chainsaws for firewood gathering should be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing wildfire in these dry conditions.
Information on how to make sure your campfire is “dead out” and other fire prevention tips can be found at www.smokeybear.com or by contacting your local Forest Service office.