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USDA Forest Service launches new virtual "Be Safe Outdoors" campaign

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Posted at 9:44 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 00:45:11-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council are reminding people to be safe outdoors as we head into the summer season.

As the weather warms up and we start spending more time outdoors, the USDA's new virtual campaign explores the ways we can keep our outdoor places safe.

On the list, officials remind us that in order to keep the great outdoors great, people should be sure to prepare ahead of time. Respect local guidelines and restrictions when it comes to stay-at-home orders, forest and park closures and fire restrictions. Check for closures before you leave the house.

While you are out and about, officials say to be sure to adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. espect social/physical distancing recommendations. Avoid close contact with people, even when outside. Avoid crowded parking lots – this can be a sign that the park or trail may be overcrowded. Also, avoid parking on tall, dry grass when you arrive at your destination. The undercarriage of the car is hot and can start a wildfire. While pulling your camper or boat, remember to cross your chains so they don’t drag in order to avoid throwing sparks.

If your local regulations allow for campfires, remember to never leave your campfire unattended.

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— Smokey Bear (@smokey_bear) May 21, 2020