Elk NetworkHunters Asked to Help Prevent Wildfires

General | July 10, 2019

As summer temperatures continue to heat up, so does the possibility of human-caused wildfires. Recreational shooters, hunters, campers and others are urged to exercise caution when recreating in the backcountry.

“The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters are collectively responsible for wildfire protection on nearly two-thirds of America’s forested acres. It’s a big job, and we can use all the help we can get preventing wildfires from starting in the first place,” said Jay Farrell, executive director of the National Association of State Foresters.

“As firearms owners, we can do our part to help prevent starting wildfires accidentally by checking the fire-danger levels and taking precautions before heading outdoors to target shoot or hunt,” said Joe Bartozzi, National Shooting Sports Foundation president.

There were more than 58,000 wildfires last year with about 90 percent of them caused by humans. Wildfires threaten animal and human life and, in 2018, burned 8.8 million of acres land.

(Video source: National Shooting Sports Foundation)