Campfire Safety

Camping and Trail Safety

Campfire Safety

Forest fires often start from campfires that were not put out. You can be held responsible for suppression costs if your campfire starts a wildfire. Instructions for campfires outside of developed recreation areas.

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