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Mt. Hood Forest Encouraging Visitors To Take Precautions To Avoid Fire

Mt. Hood National Forest fire personnel are encouraging visitors to take precautions to prevent human-caused wildfires.  Human causes, such as abandoned and illegal campfires, and target shooting are responsible for the majority of wildfires on the Mt. Hood National Forest.   Of thirty wildfires reported this year, only one was started by lightning.   Fire personnel have been occupied extinguishing 200 abandoned campfires in the past several weeks.  Now through August 21st, a multi-agency national Fire Prevention and Education Team, comprised of professionals from the U.S. Forest Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management and other federal, state and local agencies will visit dispersed camp sites, historic sites, campgrounds and other areas around the Mt. Hood National Forest to assist with educating visitors about the restrictions and how they can protect lives and property from wildfire.