Thursday, March 24, 2016

It's Wildfire Season Already!

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex wildfire in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, as it burned on June 6th, 2012.
Credit: Kari Greer/USFS Gila National Forest

My local newspaper reported that we had a wildfire in the area last Sunday. With the camping season fast approaching, please give heed to these instructions about how to put your campfire dead out:

Extinguishing a campfire *
  1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  3. Pour until hissing sound stops
  4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  5. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  6. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  7. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: Do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
Thank you!

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  1. We had a wonderful soaking snow in my part of Wyoming yesterday. This will give us a week or so to relax and pray for more spring moisture.

    1. I'm glad you're getting a respite, Neil. Thanks for visiting, and for your comment.


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