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HOT AND DRY 7-1-14

A typical Fourth of July weekend on the Salmon-Challis National Forest brings an increase of forest visitors. This year, the weather is predicated to be hot and dry and fire managers on the Forest are urging visitors to be extremely careful with fire.

Fireworks are prohibited on all national forests year-round. No fireworks of any kind may be discharged anywhere within the Salmon-Challis National Forest, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Violators can be subject to a citation and fine with a maximum penalty of $5,000 or up to six months in jail. Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs and those costs can be substantial. “We want people to enjoy the holiday, but we also want them to leave their fireworks at home,” said Fritz Cluff, Forest Fire Management Officer for the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

While areas of the Salmon-Challis National Forest look green, fire danger is a concern. Campfires have the potential to cause a wildfire when not properly extinguished. Never leave a campfire unattended and always use enough water to put the fire completely out. Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has experienced multiple large fires in the last ten years. There may be hazards associated with traveling adjacent to and entering into burned areas. Forest visitors must be prepared to stay longer than expected due to changing circumstances. Weather conditions such as precipitation and wind can rapidly change conditions on the ground. Wind can blow trees across roadways and precipitation can wash debris across roadways blocking access.

Motor Vehicle Use maps (MVUM) are available at the Public Lands Center in Salmon or the local Ranger District offices. The maps show designated routes for motorized recreation users.

For additional information, call the Public Lands Center in Salmon at 208-756-5100, contact the local Ranger District offices or visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home.




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