Sparks, Nev. Jun 8, 2017 – With summer here and more people heading outdoors to enjoy the season, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest would like to remind visitors and residents in communities adjacent to the Forest to be extra cautious while engaging in activities that could start a wildfire.
Weather conditions have been changing in the past couple of weeks with consistently higher temperatures and decreased humidity levels, resulting in drier vegetation that is more prone to the spread of wildfire. Pay attention to the surrounding area; be aware of wildfire conditions; and think clearly before conducting any activity that could cause an unwanted fire.
This is especially true for people engaging in target shooting on public lands. Numerous wildfires have been started by target shooting in past years in many western states including Nevada, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington. Many of those fires could have been prevented or stopped had the shooters been prepared or refrained from shooting during hot, dry, and windy conditions.
“We all have a role to play in preventing human-caused wildfires, which annually threaten human life, private property, and public land resources,” said Russ Bird, Forest Fire Management Officer. “It would also help public land managers if target shooters warn others of potential dangers and behaviors for starting wildfires.”
Remember, a little extra care takes only a few minutes of a person’s time and could prevent a wildfire. Below are a few target shooting safety tips:
“We encourage people to enjoy their National Forest System lands, but be very cautious and careful out there." said Bird.