This is Fire Prevention week -- October 7-13, 2012.
The fall wildfire season typically lasts for two months, from mid-October until mid-December. Obviously, fires can get out of control at any time of the year, so learning and practicing good habits is a year-round job.
Lack of rainfall in autumn contributes to the threat of wildfires in our nation's forests. More rain isn't the sole solution to forest fires, however, because 9 out of 10 wildfires are started by humans.
The USDA Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service urge you to exercise caution when you do yard work and burn leaves or yard debris -- or when hiking or camping along the Appalachian Trail.
In North Carolina, for example, the primary cause of wildfires stems from careless burning of debris -- more than 40% of all wildfires. Private landowners who cause wildfires may be liable for the cost of fire suppression on state and national forest land, if a fire originates on their property.
The Forest Service asks you to contact your local county forest ranger before you burn debris. Rangers will happily offer technical advice and explain how to maximize the safety to people, property and the forest.
Studies indicate you can greatly reduce wildfires and the loss of property associated with them by following these tips:
Remember ... YOU can prevent wildfires.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
Published Nov 27, 2013.
Published Apr 28, 2016. The status of forest fires threatening the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Virginia can be checked at the government website InciWeb.
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Published May 4, 2016. The Forest Service says the Silver Mine Fire near Hot Springs, NC, is 100% contained. The Appalachian Trail has reopened to hikers.
Published Aug 13, 2015. Fires in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest at Bald Knob & Wolf Creek continue to burn. Smoke can be seen by hikers on the Appalachian Trail.
Published Nov 25, 2016. Please, observe the fire ban that extends along the path of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Virginia and in national forests nearby.
Published Oct 2, 2013.