Beware: High threat of wildfire this week in area forests

The U.S. Forest Service today announced there is a high threat of wildfire this week in the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests and encouraged visitors to help prevent wildfires. Dry conditions are increasing the chances of wildfire across North Carolina.

All campfires should be completely extinguished before leaving a campsite and never leave a campfire unattended. The following are additional tips for campers:

•Clear a 10-foot safety circle of all leaves, pine needles and flammable material.

• Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.

• Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones.

• Pour until hissing sound stops.

• Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.

• The U.S. Forest Service is also asking residents to postpone burning debris this week. Debris burning is a major cause of wildfires in the South.

Lastly, there are general fire prevention tips that visitors can follow including:

• Don’t play with matches.

• Keep your cigarette butts in the car.

• Park vehicles so that the exhaust system does not come in contact with dry grass, weeds or leaves.

Visit the following sites for additional tips on preventing wildfires:

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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