Outdoors briefs: Dry conditions prompt fire safety warnings

Dry conditions have Washington land managers warning people heading outdoors over the Fourth of July weekend to be careful with fire.

Nearly 85 percent of the wildfires in the state are man-caused, and dry conditions in Eastern Washington have elevated the fire risk, officials say.

Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) firefighters protect more than 12 million acres of private and state-owned lands, including lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and state parks.

Specific rules by location can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/public_conduct.html

Outdoor workshop for women planned

Women who want to learn the basics of fishing, hunting, and other outdoor skills can sign up for a Sept. 18-20 workshop at Carnation's Camp River Ranch that includes several sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife experts and other certified instructors.

Classes to be offered will include archery, basic fishing, fly fishing and tying, kayaking, cooking wild game, big-game hunting basics, map and compass reading, wilderness first aid, survival skills, wildlife awareness, outdoor photography, and more.

Visit http://www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org or call Ronni McGlenn at (425) 455-1986.

Echo shooter places in regional event

PARMA, Idaho -- Oregon shooter Gerald Ashbeck, of Echo, Ore. finished fifth in the revolver division at the recent 2009 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Area 1 regionals in Parma, Idaho.

Ashbeck, competing in the senior category, finished 503 points behind first-place shooter James Austin of Fox Island to take fifth with a final score of 744.5247.

The sport of practical shooting traces its roots back to the 1950s and the quick draw "leather slap" competitions that grew out of television westerns of the era.