October 31, 2013 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Despite recent relief from drought brought on by rains in parts of the state, Texas A&M Forest Service officials are urging caution for those heading outdoors as deer season kicks off this weekend.
Hunters should refrain from building campfires and burning debris during windy or dry conditions as nearly 40 Texas counties remain under burn ban
. All it takes is one spark from an unattended campfire, lit cigarette or even the muzzle of a gun to ignite a potentially devastating wildfire.
If you’re heading outside, keep in mind the following wildfire safety tips:
- Obey outdoor burning bans.
- Don’t build a fire during dry or windy conditions.
- If there is no burn ban in place and conditions are right, you may safely build a campfire. But keep the fire small, never leave it unattended and remove flammable leaves and other materials from the area surrounding the fire.
- Make sure the fire is extinguished and cold to the touch before you leave it.
- Avoid burning feed bags.
- Keep water on hand when welding on stands.
- Drive only on designated trails. Don’t park or idle vehicles in tall, dry grass, which can be ignited by contact with a hot muffler.
- Use caution with cigarettes and matches.
- Use spark arresters on all power equipment.
For more information, visit http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu.
Texas A&M Forest Service Communications