Because of extremely dry conditions throughout the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging hunters to be extra careful with their campfires.
Hunters headed to the high country for the combined deer and elk season that started Saturday and continues through Oct. 27. Colorado has received little rain since late summer and several fires are now burning throughout the state. Fire can spread quickly through grasses and other dry vegetation.
Hunters, and anyone else camping, are urged to follow these precautions:
Keep fires small and always keep them attended.Make sure the fire is out completely by soaking it thoroughly with water and checking for hot embers.Make sure fires are completely out before heading into the field for the day.When leaving camp, make sure the fire is out.In windy conditions, it is recommended not to start a campfire.When using a wall tent with a wood stove, make sure there is a screen to block sparks on top of the external stovepipe. Check outside the tent occasionally for embers that might be smoldering.Don’t drive or park vehicles over dry grass. Hot exhaust pipes can ignite vegetation. Don’t allow vehicle chains to drag on the ground or pavement because they can cause sparks.Dispose of cigarette butts safely; don’t toss them on the ground.