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Wildfire risk increased by the beginning of deer season



Fargo, North Dakota – Teaching the next generation about land conservation via hunting is a terrific opportunity for families to get together and spend quality time together. In order to ensure that our natural resources are preserved for future generations to enjoy, there is an increased risk of human-caused fires.

According to the ND Forest Service, North Dakota’s rural areas are particularly in danger of wildfires this fall. Oxygen, fuel, and a heat source are required for the beginning of a fire. Drying grasses and other vegetation frequently serve as this fuel source in the fall, when oxygen is abundant. A heat source, which is frequently the consequence of human activity, is all that is required to start a fire.

The usage of equipment and the burning of debris were the two main causes of fires in North Dakota in 2021. Hunters are urged to “know before you go” by reviewing the latest weather information on Here, users may keep an eye on the daily fire risk, find out about current burn prohibitions, discover the circumstances surrounding red flag alerts, and modify or postpone their activities as necessary.

Road and recreational vehicles’ exhaust systems can get very hot. Therefore, hunters should refrain from stopping and parking on tall, dry grass. Make sure spark arrestors are installed in recreational vehicles. In order for the devices to function, bigger, hot exhaust particles released by internal combustion engines must be captured. Prevent your trailer chains from dragging so that no sparks are created on the road that could start a fire. Along with their hunting supplies, hunters are advised to bring a shovel, a 5-gallon water container, and a fire extinguisher.

Campfires should never be left unattended. Make sure to completely extinguish a campfire before turning in for the night or departing in the morning. To put out all of the embers, use a lot of water. To stir the contents of your fire pit until they are chilly to the touch, keep a shovel handy. If the campsite is far from a water supply, put out the embers with earth and mix it until it cools. In windy conditions, simply covering fire with earth may allow embers to spread and smolder.

The hunter is expected to contribute. They are asked to keep an eye out and alert the authorities if they spot any wildfires. By taking these preventative steps, North Dakota can save its wonderful wildlife habitat as well as people’s homes and lives. Visit the Smokey Bear website at to find out more about how you can stop unintentional, human-caused wildfires.