Tips to prevent wildfires

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Nationwide more than 75,000 wildfires are reported each year according to the U.S. Forest Service. Roughly 9 out of every 10 fires are started by people.

In 2017, more than 63,000 human-caused wildfires burned nearly five million acres across the country.

It is everyone’s job to prevent wildfires and it is always wildfire season somewhere in the U.S., so it's important to know how you can prevent wildfires.

Unattended and irresponsibly maintained campfires are one of the biggest threats to wildfires.

Properly maintaining and extinguishing campfires is one of the easiest ways to prevent a wildfire so here are some tips.

While the fire is burning, keep it to a manageable size and never leave the fire unattended.

When you're done, if you can, let the wood burn completely to ash and pour water on the fire until the hissing noise stops.

Make sure no embers are exposed and remember if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.

Wildfire season is far from over here in Wyoming so be careful with campfires, cigarettes and equipment that could cause a spark.

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