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Local Hikers Respond to Red Flag Fire Warning

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Hikers are out on the trails now that the weather has warmed up. But with a Red Flag warning and dry conditions in the woods around Galena Creek Park, people are very aware about what can happen if someone gets careless. "It just goes out of control and it burns all this beautiful country or the animals that get displaced or killed," explained hiker Cathi Wood of Reno.

Hiker and author Mike White gets out on the trail nearly every day. "We're very fortunate to live here. We have this right in our back yard, where in 10 to 15 minutes you can be out in nature. I think that's a great benefit," he said.

Right now it's okay to use established grills in a designated picnic site.         

But other fire restrictions are in effect. Here's what you cannot do:

                No building fires *outside developed campgrounds or picnic areas...

                No smoking outside approved areas...

                No welding or using a torch with an open flame.

                No using explosives, fireworks or any other incendiary devices.

                You cannot use tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets for recreational shooting.

                And no open burning.

Mike White says it’s a good time to use common sense. "You definitely need to be responsible because this resource could go up in a matter of hours with acts of carelessness or stupidity. So you need to be smart," White added.

Written by Jennifer Burton
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