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Campfires raise concern in Shoshone forest

Jun 24, 2012 - From staff reports

The Shoshone National Forest is reminding visitors to practice proper campfire safety after several fires have escaped fire rings.

Also, several campfires have been found hot and unattended, which presents a dangerous situation, according to the forest office.

"The northern half of the Shoshone National Forest received good moisture in May," said Mark Giacoletto, fire management officer for Shoshone National Forest. "As you go further south within the forest, the level of moisture decreases, and the danger of fire increases."

Forest fires often start when campfires are not put out properly. Ensure a campfire is in a safe area away from tents and where the fire cannot easily spread.

Extinguish fully by drowning the fire with water, ensuring all embers, sticks, and coals are wet.

For information about fire conditions on the Shoshone National Forest, contact the Washakie Ranger District in Lander at 332-5460 or the Wind River District in Dubois at (307) 455-2466.

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