Thursday, August 30, 2012
The U.S. Forest Service and Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit remind residents and visitors to be aware of fire danger as well as danger from falling trees during Labor Day weekend.
Fire prevention tips
■ When traveling, find out if there are fire restrictions in effect where you plan to visit and prepare accordingly. (Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect in Steamboat Springs and Yampa.)
■ Smoke in cleared areas and dispose of cigarettes properly.
■ Consider bringing a camp stove for your camping trip.
■ Leave the fireworks at home. Possession or use of fireworks on public lands is prohibited.
■ Don’t park your vehicle in dry weeds or tall grass. Hot catalytic converters and tailpipes can start a fire.
■ Make sure your all-terrain vehicle has an approved spark arrester and current state registration.
■ Scrape dead grass and other flammable materials away from campfire sites.
■ Keep campfires small and under control.
■ Bring a water container and shovel so you can make sure your campfire is extinguished completely before you leave.
■ Leaving a campfire unattended is a finable offense.
Falling tree safety tips
■ Be aware of your surroundings and avoid dense patches of dead trees.
■ Stay out of the forest when weather forecasts call for strong winds.
■ Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if trees fall.
■ When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall across the road, you may be trapped.
■ Bring an ax or chain saw to remove fallen trees from roads to avoid being trapped.
■ Work to remove beetle-killed trees is ongoing. Please be aware of and stay away from heavy equipment and log trucks.
For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr or call the Steamboat Springs U.S. Forest Service office at 970-870-2299.