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Wildfire Prevention Tips for this Month's Solar Eclipse

The full solar eclipse that will swoop across the United States on August 21 is exciting enough to draw up to 130 million people out to see the sun go dark. Unfortunately, this rush also poses a risk to our nation's wildlands.

There aren’t many cities located on the eclipses's optimal viewing path. While that's a boon to many of the smaller communities in those areas, it also means large crowds entering forests, grasslands, and deserts, such as those found in our nation’s national parks, to camp and otherwise get their eclipse fix.

Don't Fly a Drone Over A Wildfire

The National Interagency Fire Center says unauthorized drones have been detected over or near wildfires 17 times this year in nine western states. Of those incidents, 14 caused aerial firefighting operations to be grounded entirely. In 2016, unauthorized drones cropped up near wildfires more than 40 times, grounding air operations more than half the time.

“Any time an unauthorized drone is detected over or near a fire, it’s a serious situation,” said Jennifer Jones, a spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service.

Washington, DC Launches New Tree Watering App

Young street trees with watering bags are thankfully a frequent site in Washington, DC.

During the last tree planting season in our nation's capital (October 2016 through April 2017), the city planted 8,200 trees, increasing urban tree canopy coverage of the District to 38 percent.

Overall, the District maintains more than 215,000 trees throughout the city. Therefore, it is understandable that during these periods of intense heat the District may not be able to water every.tree.every.day.

Custom 2018 Smokey Bear Pocket Planners Available

Help spread the word about the importance of wildfire prevention!

The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting pre-orders for a customized cover of its best-selling Smokey Bear pocket planner.

This year's cover features the classic art work “High Five for Fire Prevention” by Rudolph Wendelin. Pricing and the 2018 custom cover pre-order form are available at www.jotform.com/NASF1920/2018-Custom-Smokey-Bear-Planner.