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BLM cautions public about growing fire danger

Recruits stay busy at the Bureau of Land Management Vale District annual firefighter training school in Unity, Oregon, in June. With the fire danger on public lands increasing, BLM officials want the public to be aware of restrictions and to be safe while hiking or camping. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons).

VALE – As the wildfire danger across the county climbs, the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management wants to remind residents to take precautions when recreating.

The predictable onset of hotter, drier weather is especially significant this year because more people are utilizing public lands because of the Covid virus, said Al Crouch, fire mitigation officer for the Vale BLM.

“Some people we’ve talked to out in the field, a lot react by saying ‘Hey, we really need to get out of the house,’” said . . .