Campfire Safety

Camping Ellicott Rock

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.

  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.

 





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/scnfs/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=fsbdev3_037391