Bad time to play with fire

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Published by Kristin Babbs

06.29.2016

Bad time to play with fire

The Curry Coastal Pilot June 28, 2016

Fire season in Curry County, with its many restrictions, is underway — and it’s a good thing, too.

The Southern Oregon Coast has received little rain in May and June — about an inch, total.

Add an errant bottle rocket or two to the existing dry conditions and abundant vegetation, and the results could be disastrous — in our forests, on our beaches and in our neighborhoods.

We urge people to resist lighting their own pyrotechnic displays and, instead, enjoy the professionally-managed firework shows scheduled Monday in many coastal cities.

If you absolutely must light fireworks, please practice caution when using the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks.

After July 4, it’s imperative that we continue to practice fire-safe procedures. Many fires reported each year have been sparked by human carelessness.

It would be best to refrain from doing any type of burning, permit or not. If you do choose to use fire, here are some tips to reduce the risks:

•If campfires are allowed where you are camping, extinguish them completely.

•Use care when barbecuing, keeping the ground under and around the barbecue clear of vegetation and away from combustible material or structures.

•If you must smoke when in the forest, make sure the cigarette is extinguished when done.

If you have any questions about burning or want more information about fire-safe procedures, call your local fire department or the Coos Forest Protective Association at (541) 672-6507.

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