Wildfire hazard prompts warning

first_imgRecognizing the increased summertime fire hazard, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Thursday will impose a new restriction banning the use of chain saws in the afternoon.Starting Thursday, chain saws used by loggers or wood gatherers can’t be used between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., when the risk of sparking a fire is the highest.State land managers in Southwest Washington emphasize keeping campfires in approved fire pits and making sure to fully extinguish these fires before departing.Keep a bucket of water and tools for dirt-scraping handy to quickly snuff out any embers that escape the fire ring, and clear all vegetation from within 3 feet of any fire.The state Department of Natural Resources lists the fire hazard as “moderate” in Clark and Skamania counties.last_img read more