The U.S. Forest Service reminds hunters and other forest visitors that they can help minimize the risk of wildfires by insuring that their trailer safety chains are not dragging on the pavement and causing sparks.

As bow season for deer hunting begins, hunters in the Klamath National Forest are being asked to be extra careful because of fire danger conditions. The U.S. Forest Service reminds hunters and other forest visitors that they can help minimize the risk of wildfires by insuring that their trailer safety chains are not dragging on the pavement and causing sparks. They can ensure that brakes and exhaust systems are in good operating condition and that tires are properly inflated to reduce the risk of blowouts resulting in a shower of sparks from steel rims grinding on the pavement. And they can avoid parking on dry grass which can be ignited by hot exhaust systems.

Fire restrictions are in effect on the Klamath National Forest and a valid California Campfire permit is required. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/ for additional information.

Campfire permits are free and available at all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and CAL FIRE offices. Permits are also available from campground hosts and Forest Service field personnel.

“With current fire conditions the entire Klamath National Forest and adjacent communities are highly vulnerable to wildfire” said Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham. “Everyone needs to be a part of the effort to minimize the risk of human caused wildfires.”

To find out more about what your can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, go to www.preventwildfireca.org/