JUNE 10, 2015

Fire Prevention Poster Contest winner announced

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SPRINGERVILLE – Children understand Smokey Bear’s message ‘You can prevent forest fires,’ although a simple message to understand, it is ignored by some campers. With ongoing abandoned campfires the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (A-S) introduced a poster contest for third graders. The contest is sponsored by forest prevention officers throughout the White Mountains and the Clifton area.

The poster contest’s ongoing theme is “Campfire Safety” and the winning categories are: Classroom, School, and Forest’s Choice winners. Prizes were awarded for each category and each participant was given a certificate for participating.

mia cazaresForest ‘Choice’ winner of the winning poster was Laugharn Elementary third grade student, Mia Cazares. (r)

The A-S wishes to thank the schools, teachers, and students who participated in this year’s poster contest.

There are no fire restrictions currently on the A-S, but check prior to heading out to camp to check if there are any restrictions in place or Red Flag Warnings.

Safety tips to follow when visiting public lands or other areas:
• When finished with the use of a campfire completely extinguish your campfire by drowning the fire, stirring it, and drowning it again.  Never leave a campfire unattended!
• Be careful with gas lanterns, barbeques, gas stoves, and anything that can be a source of ignition for a wildfire.
• Park vehicles away from dry grass and avoid driving through tall grass; dragging chains can spark a fire.
• Dispose of a lit cigarette or other smoking materials appropriately.

Please check the 311 Public Information Line for further updates by dialing 311 or 928-333-3412 or go on the website 311info.net or the ASNFs website at:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/