Labor Day safety tips

As Labor Day weekend approaches, friends and families will visit outdoor recreation areas throughout Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties. In anticipation of the increased outdoor activities, Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit is urging everyone to exercise extreme caution in every activity.

Wildfires continue to burn in California and much of the state remains at high risk for wildfire. Almost 200,000 acres have burned on the Rim Fire alone. The potential for additional large, destructive fires only increases as we approach fall.

Due to existing or recent fires, many areas are closed to visitors and campers. While making your Labor Day vacation plans, please contact your destination directly to obtain current information on closures and fire restrictions.

Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before you depart and remember to check your tire pressure and exhaust system. Dragging tow chains will throw sparks so make sure you have the correct size trailer ball and hitch and the chains are adjusted to the proper length.

The state-wide burn ban continues to be in effect for all statewide responsibility areas. All residential “dooryard” burning, forest management, hazard reduction, and other industrial-type burning are suspended until further notice. Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds.