Hot, dry conditions exist for campers over Labor Day Weekend

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

Fire officials are urging you to keep your guard up this Labor Day when it comes to fire safety.

While you’re out enjoying Mother Nature this long weekend, officials remind everyone that fire danger is still high in our area and that it doesn’t take much to start a fire in these dry, hot conditions.

And the haze in the air will make it harder for firefighters to spot fires.

Officials say leaving a campfire is a fineable offense and that if you start a wildfire, you could be held liable for the cost of putting it out.

To report a wildfire, call 911 and be able to give your location and the location of the reported fire.

There are simple fire safety tips campers need to remember:
-build campfires on bare mineral soil
-clear area around campfires of dry brush and grass
-make sure matches and cigarettes are completely extinguished before discarding
-don’t park over or near tall grass – hot exhaust systems can ignite dry vegetation
-always have a shovel and bucket handy to extinguish fires
-if it’s windy, don’t light a fire outdoors

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