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Burn ban goes into effect on reservation

Caution urged ahead of Fourth of July holiday
San Juan Forest fire safety tips

Check fire conditions before you visit an area, and observe any restrictions that may be in effect. Call or visit the nearest U.S. Forest Service office to find out if the fire danger is low, moderate, high or extreme.
Clear the area around campfires. Remove all vegetation and debris from within 10 feet before you start a fire.
Make sure you have a bucket of water, shovel and other implements nearby in case your campfire starts to get out of control.
Make sure campfires are completely out before leaving. Stir water and dirt into the coals with a shovel or stick until the coals are cool to the touch.
Extinguish smoking materials only in cleared areas free of vegetation or debris. Never toss cigarette butts out the car window.
Don’t park cars or recreational vehicles on dry vegetation. Exhaust systems can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees – hot enough to start a wildfire during the summer.
Use an approved spark arrester on off-road vehicles and chain saws. The screen between the exhaust port of the piston and muffler helps ensure that sparks generated won’t start wildfires. Check and replace spark arresters periodically.
Remember that fireworks are illegal on National Forest land. The penalty for violators is a maximum of six months in prison and/or $5,000 fine. Anyone responsible for starting a wildfire may also be held responsible for the cost of putting it out and for damage caused.
Source: U.S. Forest Service

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