This came from a press release from the Payette National Forest and correctly sums things up: “Particularly troubling is that 11 of our 38 wildfires have been human-caused fires,” said Randy Skelton, Deputy Fire and Aviation Staff Officer. “These are preventable sources of wildfire and the public plays a key part in our efforts to prevent these types of wildfire. Please be especially careful with any possible ignition source and call the authorities if you see smoke where it shouldn’t be.”
It's going to be a brutal fire season, and we will probably be dealing with smoke, fire closures and other hassles well into fall. There's nothing we can do to prevent lightning strikes, but there's plenty we can do to prevent other forest fires. Remember Smoky Bear? Regardless of whether you're in an area with fire restrictions, be extremely careful with campfires, stoves, grills, cigarettes, engines (chainsaws, ATVs, pickups, etc.) because they can all start fires.
It never hurts to carry a shovel in your vehicle when you're in the woods, and be ready to call 911 if you spot a wildfire. Firefighting resources are going to be stretched thin, so preventing fires is critical this summer.