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To prevent wildfires, follow these recommendations provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Contact the landowner or agency managing the land to make sure fires are allowed. Get a campfire permit from the agency if it is required.
  • Go to the Smokey Bear website to review how to build, maintain, and put out a campfire. Even the most experienced campers can use a campfire safety refresher.
  • Before you light a fire, be ready to put it out.
    • Drown it! Stir it! Feel it!
    • Drown it and stir it again! If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
  • Maintain your equipment, and avoid creating sparks.
    • Use spark arrestors.
    • Don’t drag chains.
    • Don’t park over dry grass.
  • Do not leave a fire unattended.
  • Before you build a campfire, know your legal and financial responsibilities if you cause a wildfire.
  • Never forget that fire is a helpful tool, but it is also a dangerous tool. Learn more about wildland fire at the National Park Service website.
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