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"Keep Our Safe Spaces Safe" says Forest Service

Posted at 10:47 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 16:58:48-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Between social distancing and many businesses closed or just starting to re-open, this year's Memorial Day weekend will be unique. Still, many will spend it trying to get back to nature.

Those who work to protect the outdoors want to make sure you do that safely. They want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, but they have kicked off a new campaign encouraging everyone to "Keep Our Safe Places Safe."

Wildfire prevention and outdoor recreation experts say that nationally, nearly nine out of ten wildfires are caused by people and could be prevented.

"No matter where you are, be sure to extinguish any outdoor fire: drown, stir, drown, feel," a PSA said. "We are all in this together. Let's keep our safe places safe."

They encourage everyone to head outdoors, but do so safely and responsibly whether you are biking, hiking or camping.

"I love being outside," said one walker, Michelle Noe. "I have been working from home since the pandemic; I probably go out at least once a day, biking, running or walking to keep my sanity."

They suggest you call ahead and make sure your destination is open, and social distance even when parking, keeping at least one space in between your and the next car.

And as the outdoors are pretty expansive, give yourself plenty of space and not crowd others.

"We have balls and bats, we are going to ride bikes, we have water balloons and we are going to fly some kites," said Sarah Blaufess about her family's plans.

They ask that everyone play a part in keeping our safe places safe.

Also, don't share equipment like bikes, helmets or any type of toys with others.

To know before you go or for the best spots hidden spots visit the forest service website.