Wildfire prevention turned into a game by Malheur County artist

Artist Sandy Micheli and Smokey Bear prop up Micheli's newly-painted cornhole boards commissioned by the Vale BLM advocating for wildfire prevention on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

VALE – Cornhole isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering fire prevention, but workers at the Vale BLM worked with local artist Sandy Micheli to spread awareness of wildfires in a fun way.

“We’re just trying to find new and creative ways to educate people, both young and old,” said Al Crouch, BLM fire information officer.

The cornhole boards will be on display to play during the Malheur County Fair, which runs from Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, July 31. The BLM will house it at their site and plans to bring it to other public events as they come up . . .