Make Sure Your Fire is Dead Out!

Release Date: Jul 9, 2018  

Make Sure Your Fire is Dead Out!
Visitors Urged to Practice Campfire Safety on National Forests

Portland, Ore. – With warm and dry conditions across the region, fire officials urge visitors to practice campfire safety when recreating outdoors.

“Our firefighters will be busy this summer responding to lightning-caused wildfires,” said Traci Weaver, Public Affairs Officer for Fire Communications. “Please help us out by being safe and responsible with fire so we don’t add unnecessary human-caused wildfires to the mix.”

Nationally, approximately 90% of wildfires are human caused. Unattended campfires are the number one source of human-caused wildfires on public land. In 2017, 45% of wildfires in Oregon and 91% of wildfires in Washington were human-caused.

If you are planning to have a campfire, please remember:

  • First, “know before you go” whether campfires are allowed in the area you are visiting. Fire restrictions may be in place depending on local conditions.
  • Keep your campfire small and away from flammable material, like overhanging tree branches or shrubs.
  • Use a designated campfire ring when available.
  • Keep water and a shovel nearby.
  • Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning your fire with water and stirring with a shovel.
  • Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.

This short video demonstrates how to properly build and extinguish a campfire.

Media Contact: Traci Weaver, (503) 808-2176 or traciweaver@fs.fed.us

Cartoon image of a shovel and fire





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