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Hunters urged to be careful with cigarettes, other fire

Posted on August 30, 2012

LITTLE ROCK – With dove and Canada goose hunting opening Saturday, Sept. 1, thousands of Arkansans and visitors will be in fields and woods. They may smoke cigarettes and whip up meals over camp stoves or on tailgates.

They need to be careful, even if Hurricane Isaac eases the extreme drought and ends burn bans.

Fire is always a danger in the Arkansas outdoors, whether the setting is damp or dry. Try to refrain from smoking while in the dry outdoors. An open fire to roast hot dogs, marshmallows or for other cooking is allowable only where burn bans are lifted. These fires must be carefully extinguished and ashes scattered when finished.

Propane or charcoal grills are safe to use, but bury the remains of the charcoal when finished.

One other danger is parking running vehicles in tall grass. Catalytic converters get hot enough to start fires even in damp grass.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission encourages hunters to participate in the dove and Canada goose action, but to be careful with fire.