Monday, January 30, 2023

Labor Day Weekend Visitors of the Mendocino National Forest: Beware Fire Risk and High Temperatures


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino National Forest:

Mendocino National Forest from San Hederein [Picture by Matt LaFever]

With Labor Day weekend approaching, Mendocino National Forest officials remind visitors to recreate responsibly, plan ahead, and prepare for any forest closures, fire restrictions and dangerous heat risk.

This year, there have been more than 500 fires on California national forests with approximately 98 percent contained within the first 48 hours thanks to the preparedness of our fire personnel and partners.

Recreators are encouraged to prepare themselves and others as they plan to visit and enjoy their public lands. The following tips are provided by Forest Service recreation and public service officers based on situations recently seen on California national forests:

  • Plan for heat warnings: The National Weather Service is forecasting a very dangerous heat wave for interior northern California. Rising temperatures can pose potential risk for campers and hikers from heat-related illnesses that prevent the body from cooling down. Use sunscreen, stay hydrated, and plan early or afternoon hikes to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Conserve water wisely: Always bring enough water when recreating outdoors and ensure all spigots and valves are tightly turned off at recreation sites and pumps to protect limited water supplies.
  • Note hazard trees: Falling trees are an ever-present hazard when hiking and camping in national forests. Additional safety hazards in a burned landscape include downed trees, stump holes and unstable terrain. Be aware of your surroundings and high winds and avoid parking or camping where damaged trees are present.
  • Leave your site cleaner than you found it: Protect wildlife and waters by using trash receptacles correctly; or pack out what you pack in. Look around for dropped items, like trash and toys.
  • Minimize campfire impacts: Fire restrictions are in effect on Mendocino National Forest. Consider a portable camp stove for the least impact. Remember you must have a valid California Campfire Permit.

Visit Leave No Trace to learn more and follow #RecreateResponsibly on social media.


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