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Prevent Wildfires This Hunting Season

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After a summer of triple-digit temperatures and minimal rainfall, state land managers are reminding Texans to help protect the lands and natural resources we all love during the upcoming hunting season by being mindful of activities that may cause a wildfire.

Weather patterns over the past several months have resulted in extremely dry vegetation across the state, which increases the likelihood of dangerous wildfires. Any outdoor activities that create heat or sparks can ignite dry vegetation and wildfire.

“Since mid-June, Texas has been marked by devastating wildfires that have burned more than 75,000 acres,” says Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service fire chief. “As Texans recreate this hunting season, it is important to remember that your actions can leave a lasting impact, and everyone has a role to play when preventing wildfires.”

Every year, hunters take to Texas lands for the start of hunting season. Wildfires caused by vehicles, trailers, ATV/UTVs and other equipment used while hunting and camping are common during the season.

This year, conditions are favorable for wildfire ignitions, and Texas land management agencies urge everyone to be cautious on hunts, whether they take place on public or private land.

“As Texans venture outdoors, it’s important to remember just how dry the vegetation is,” says Chis Schenk, leader of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Statewide Fire Program. “It doesn’t take much for an inadvertent spark or carelessness to cause a wildfire. The high temperatures cause fires to spread rapidly and make it hard for firefighters to work. Please enjoy the outdoors but be careful with fire.”

Humans cause nine out of 10 wildfires in Texas, and everyone can make a difference by taking responsibility for their actions. Remain vigilant and be cautious with any activity that may cause a spark.  

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