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Safety | Outdoors | June 18, 2022

Safe Use of Public and Private Lands During Fire Season

Whether you live in the country or just enjoy the great outdoors as a hunter or hiker, it’s our collective duty to do what we can to protect public and private lands from wildfires and other damage. Below are a few of the ways you can minimize the possibility of starting a fire on your property or when you’re out on public lands.

In the Country

  • Remove or lock-up flammable materials.
  • Talk to your family or hired hands about fire safety.
  • Make plans on how to evacuate livestock.
  • Enforce a strict “no smoking” policy in barns, around machinery, and in fields.
  • Ensure all fire extinguishers are in good working order and keep one in all farm vehicles and machinery.
  • Keep vegetation at least 50-feet from barns and other buildings (however, some regions may ban field cutting).
  • Ensure exhaust systems (manifolds, mufflers) are not leaking.
  • Avoid leaving hot machinery on or near any vegetation.
  • Do not use welders, grinders, or cutting torches near any vegetation.
  • Cure hay before stacking and storing.
  • Comply with all state and local burning regulations.
  • Don’t burn on high wind days or during hot and dry conditions.

In the Suburbs/City

  • Keep your roof free of combustible materials by cleaning out gutters and removing tree debris.
  • Comply with all state and local burning regulations.

For Campers, Hikers, and Hunters

When regions throughout Washington and Oregon are under high fire danger, take extra care when venturing out into public lands, whether you’re hiking, hunting, or just enjoying some time in nature.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Visit www.dnr.wa.gov for up-to-date restrictions and policies.

Oregon Department of Forestry
Visit www.oregon.gov/ODF for up-to-date restrictions and policies.

Stay Prepared at Coastal

You’ll find the equipment and camping gear you need at your Wes Coast-Owned and Operated Coastal Farm & Ranch. Stop by today and pick up a few extra fire extinguishers and anything else you might need during the peak fire season.

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