Thursday, April 26, 2012

Meet Smokey Bear and help protect our forests

This Sunday, the Department of Natural Resource’s Volunteer and Wildfire Prevention Program is hosting an event to clean out the campfire pits at Ahtanum Campground.

With the aim of reducing the risk of wildfires due to escaped recreational fires on DNR-protected land, everyone who comes to this event will be clearing debris from and assessing campfire pits for maintenance and safety.

Smokey Bear will be in attendance so make sure to bring the kids!

When:            Sunday, April 29, 2012
                      9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:           Ahtanum State Forest: Ahtanum Campground

Directions:      From Yakima, go south on Interstate 82 for 2 miles.
                      Drive west on Ahtanum Road to Tampico.
                      Turn west onto the A-2000 (Middle Fork road) and    
                      drive approximately 9.5 miles.

Why:             Over the past four years, there have been nearly 700
                     wildfires that resulted from negligent campers
                     leaving their fire pits smoldering and unattended.
                     Another 100 campers left campfires burning without first
                     making sure they were fully extinguished. Fortunately,
                     those were reported and put out before they escaped.

For more information, click here.

To read this story in Spanish, click here.