CPW urges hunters to be careful with campfires

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT News)-- With a big hunting weekend coming up, hunters are warned to be extremely cautious with campfires.

Many hunters are heading to the high country for the second season for deer and elk which starts on Saturday and goes through Oct. 27. Colorado has received very little rain since the end of summer. Now with the dry vegetation, many fires are burning across the state and CPW wants people to be aware.

"We will camp for weeks without ever actually having a fire. We bring gas stoves with us and cook everything over the gas stoves. But people like to sit around a fire and enjoy the warmth, but you've got to be careful," says camper and elk hunter, Brian Martinson.

If you are out camping and you plan to be lighting a fire, remember to keep it small and maintained. CPW says anytime you head out from your camp site, make sure the flame is completely out and to always check for embers. If the wind is pretty strong, you are urged not to start a fire.

CPW also recommends the following:
-If you are using a wall tent with a wood stove, make sure there is a screen to block sparks on top of the external stovepipe. Check outside the tent occasionally for embers that might be smoldering.
-Don’t drive or park your vehicle over dry grass. Hot exhaust pipes can ignite vegetation. This applies to trucks, cars and OHVs.
-Don’t allow vehicle chains to drag on the ground or pavement because they can cause sparks.
-Dispose of cigarette butts safely; don’t toss them on the ground.

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