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Officials urge caution for campers, archers into fall in forests, rangelands

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PNW NATIONAL WILDFIRE PREVENTION TEAM - Open flames are still banned in forests and rangelands. Though fall is fast approaching and archery season opened Aug. 25, campers and bowhunters are warned to keep fire restrictions in mind.

In the Mt. Hood National Forest, open flames are still banned after a summer of extremely dry weather conditions. Hunters may face closures and access restrictions because of the still-high fire danger in coming months.

Donna Wilson, public information officer for the PNW National Wildfire Prevention Team, issued a statement asking hunters to consider the following while out in the forest and rangelands:

  • Consider campfire alternatives such as propane stoves.

  • Do not idle, drive or park on dry grass as vehicle exhaust and undercarriage could potentially ignite the grass or brush.

  • Do not flick a cigarette out a vehicle window because it can start a wildfire. Extinguish smoking materials in the vehicle ashtray.

  • Check any chain you may be using on a trailer. Dragging metal on the roadbed can start a shower of sparks into dry vegetation causing a wildfire.

  • Report wildfires by calling 911.

    For more information about the fire ban, visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=48693.

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