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Release Date: 09/11/09
Contacts: David Boyd (970) 319-4130    

Fire officials urge hunters to be cautious with fire this fall

RIFLE, Colo. — Fire officials are reminding hunters and other autumn recreationists to be extremely careful with fire this fall.
Although the fire season has been relatively quiet this summer in western Colorado, conditions are now lining up for increased fire activity. Grasses and other vegetation have dried with the end of the growing season and the approach of fall. Moisture in the shrubs and trees is also low given a lack of recent moisture. And a large number of people are headed to the woods for early hunting seasons.
“Fire season is definitely not over this year, so we are asking folks to be particularly careful out there,” said Upper Colorado River Fire Management Officer Bill Hahnenberg.
Early morning campfires are common in hunting camps to take away the pre-dawn chill. Fire officials remind hunters to build fires in established fire rings in areas cleared of vegetation – and to ensure those fires are out cold before leaving camp.
“We are finding a number of campfires in hunting camps that are still burning while folks are hunting and the camp empty, particularly in the higher country in Eagle and Summit counties. Please take that extra step and make sure your fire is dead out before you leave camp,” Hahnenberg said.
In general no broad fire restrictions are in place, but hunters and others are urged to call the Forest Service or BLM office in the area they plan to visit for any special restrictions or information.

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Last updated: 09-12-2009