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Sawtooth National Forest reports at least 136 unattended campfires

Two of the campfires started fires, but were quickly put out
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 9:36 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The U.S. Forest Service for the Sawtooth National Forest says last week there were 59 instances of unattended campfires.

The service says there have been 136 of these unattended campfires this year.

These are situations where campers are not fully putting out their fires when leaving the campsite. Julie Thomas, the Public Affairs Officer with Sawtooth National Forest, says a fire is out when it’s coals are cold to the touch.

We need your help, from July 19,2020 to July 26, 2020 we have had a total of 59 unattended campfires. To date we have...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest on Monday, July 27, 2020

Right now, the fire danger on the Sawtooth is high. Thomas says it won’t be long before the fire danger rating will hit extreme, the highest rating that can be reached.

“The problem is, even a small, tiny ember can be blown out of the fire pit with just a wisp of wind and literally fall into some duff on the forest floor and start a forest fire,” Thomas said.

Thomas says they have been lucky that only two fires have started from these unattended campfires. Those fires were attended to very quickly. Thomas urges campers to be smart when recreating.

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