Forest fires often start from campfires that were not put out properly. You can be held responsible for suppression costs if your campfire starts a wildfire.

1. Keep fire site away from overhanging branches.

2. Use an existing pit if possible, and circle it with rocks.

3. Clear a 5-foot area around the pit, removing burnable debris down to the soil.

4. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.

5. Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.

6. After lighting, do not discard the match until it is cold.

7. Never leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute.

8. When you leave, make sure the fire is completely out.

  • Drown the fire and surrounding area with water.
  • Stir the fire with a shovel or stick, then drown it again.
  • Add water and stir until the area is cold to the touch.
  • Don’t bury coals. They can smolder and break out.

Building a Safe Campfire