The U.S. Forest Service is reminding visitors to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests to stay safe this summer.

Be aware of surroundings and give any wildlife space while in the forest.

Keep a clean camp and store food in bear-proof containers or in hard-sided vehicles.

To prevent fires at campsites, bring a shovel and a bucket to extinguish fires, never leave a campfire unattended and make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the campsite.

Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

If near burned areas of the forest, visitors should avoid walking by burned trees because damaged branches may fall and burned out root systems are a tripping hazard.

Free maps for motor vehicle routes are on the Forest Service website and at each ranger district.

For information on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf/home.

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