WARNING!: Hunters, tread lightly in fire areas

WARNING!: Hunters, tread lightly in fire areas

VALE – Hunters and recreationists in the southeast corner of Oregon are urged to be careful in terrain scorched this summer by wildfires.

The fires, sparked by a lightning storm in early July, included the Bonita Complex, which burned 18,173 acres – 28.3 square miles – southwest of Brogan. The Long Draw Fire did even more damage, burning 557,441 acres, of 871 square miles, of public lands south of Burns Junction.

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for help from hunters and recreationists as crew continue to seek to stabilize and rehabilitate the burned areas.

Visitors are urged to stay on established roads and travel ways, and to avoid driving on rehabilitated fire lines. The agency is concerned about erosion in the area, which can be increased by vehicle use.

The BLM also asked that anyone coming across wildlife in the burned area that seem distressed or disoriented not to approach and to avoid disturbing the animals.

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