Camp­fire Safety Re­minder

Catron Courier - - News -

Spring has ar­rived and the weather in south­west­ern New Mex­ico has been quite var­ied, with high winds, min­i­mal mois­ture and in­creas­ing high tem­per­a­tures. Gila Na­tional For­est of­fi­cials re­mind vis­i­tors to al­ways prac­tice camp­fire safety.

“Fire safety is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said Gabe Hol­guin, Gila NF Fire Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer. He added, “Please be ex­tremely cau­tious with any ac­tiv­ity that may cause a wild­fire.”

Fol­low these guide­lines and you will keep your for­est and pub­lic lands safer:

Clear all flammable ma­te­rial away from the fire for a min­i­mum of five feet in all direc­tions.

Make a fire only if you have a shovel and suf­fi­cient wa­ter to put it out.

Never leave your camp­fire unat­tended and put it out at night.

Avoid mak­ing a camp­fire dur­ing the windy part of the day.

To make sure your camp­fire is out, drown with wa­ter and stir with dirt, mak­ing sure all burned ma­te­ri­als are ex­tin­guished. Put your hand in the ashes to make sure it’s cold. If it’s too hot to touch, it needs more wa­ter and more stir­ring.

Every camp­fire should be put DEAD OUT be­fore leav­ing it. Re­mem­ber, Smokey says, “Only you can pre­vent wild­fires”. For in­for­ma­tion visit ●◊●

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