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Wyoming campers and gun enthusiasts urged to take wildfire precautions as summer approaches

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CASPER, Wyo. — As temperatures rise and people get outdoors this spring and summer, the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming is urging people to practice certain precautions to prevent wildfires.

BLM Wyoming provided a number of safety tips for campers, gun enthusiasts and other outdoor recreationists in their Monday, April 20 release.

They urge people to take the following precautions:

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-More people may be recreating on public lands during this time of social distancing. Be aware of local public safety area closures. Take extra precaution before venturing out and be careful with anything that could start a fire.

-Maintain your mechanical equipment. Many human-caused wildfires occur near roadways, communities and recreational areas, posing considerable public safety threats. Carry a fire extinguisher and know how to use it.

-If towing a boat or trailer, ensure your safety chains are properly secure and not dragging on the ground. 

-Never park your vehicle over dead grass and avoid driving through tall grass—your vehicle can ignite the fuels and start a fire. 

-When camping on public lands, never leave your campfire unattended. Ensure your campfire is “dead” out before leaving or turning in for the night. If your campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

-If target shooting, please take all the proper precaution measures to be fire-safe—select an area that is free of flammable materials and bring a fire extinguisher or water to extinguish any flames. Exploding targets and tracer ammunition are prohibited for use on all public lands in Wyoming per the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions.

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“Firefighter and public safety are the top priorities in wildfire management,” the release adds. “If you operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly called a drone, please remember that unauthorized UAS flights over or near a wildfire endanger the lives of pilots, firefighters and members of the public.”

BLM Wyoming added that there are a number of restrictions in place all year which people should follow.

“Year-round restrictions include not using or discharging fireworks; not discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; and not burning, igniting or causing any tire, wire, magnesium or any other hazardous explosive material to burn,” the release states. “You also must have properly installed spark arresters on any off road vehicles to legally operate them on BLM-administered public lands.”

“Preventable wildfires threaten lives, property and precious resources every year. Firefighters are needed more than ever to keep Americans safe, so please do your part to prevent human-caused wildfires.”