ATV Riders Asked To Help Spot Arsonist

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Despite some rain, forestry officials say we're still at risk for forest fires and there's not a whole lot they can do about that except hope for even more rain. Forestry officials are trying do something about arson, something they say actually causes most of the fires.

The growing elk population is drawing many people out on their ATV's to try to catch a glimpse.

"We had one yesterday walk up to five foot of us and you don't see that often," said Bud Lee.

And these riders are being asked to watch out for something else. Forestry officials say they've fought nearly two hundred fires in October already. Since most ATV riders are already up in the mountains taking in the view, forestry officials are now asking them to keep an eye out for forest fires and the people who may be trying to start them.

"And also to help us be our eyes and our ears out on the road to be to be very careful and to watch out for smoke and for fires that get out of control," said Jennifer Turner with the Division of Forestry.

So far forestry officials say everyone is on board to keep a look out.

"I don't know whose setting them. It's a bad, bad deal because it's destroys our nature," said Glen Sizemore.

"Everyone we have asked has said I'll do whatever you want me to," Turner said.

Forestry officials say they plan to meet next week in Leslie County to discuss more ways to fight forest fires in the region.

If you see a forest fire or somebody setting a fire, you're asked to call 1-800-27-ARSON.

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