Vale Bureau of Land Management Fire personnel and Vale Fire Department members posted cooperative fire prevention signs on Lytle Boulevard southeast of Vale Wednesday to remind the public to think about wildfire safety when recreational shooting.
According to BLM fire management officials shooting-caused wildfires are on the rise on BLM lands across the west. The Vale District is not immune from this and has seen an increase not only in the recreational shooting sports on BLM lands, but also to wildfires caused by those activities.
“The BLM fully supports shooting as a valid use of public lands. We are not telling people they can’t shoot. If fact, we want you to enjoy your public lands. We just ask that you shoot safely and fire smart and pick up any trash from shooting activities. It’s about taking care of the land and avoiding unnecessary risks and costs to taxpayers if wildfire occur.” said Al Crouch, Vale BLM Fire Mitigation/ Education Specialist.