How to build and put out a Campfire

Campfires are one of the pleasures of camping on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. No matter what time of year, people need to be careful when deciding when and where to build a campfire.

Please check to see if any campfire restrictions are in effect before building a campfire.

If you are going to have a campfire:

  • Use an existing fire ring, don't create a new one. When not in a designated campground, build your fire within a ring of rocks.
  • Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials such as needles, leaves, sticks, etc.)
  • Select an open level spot away from trees, logs, stumps, overhanging branches, dense dry grass, and forest litter.
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended! Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread. Make sure a responsible adult is always in attendance.

When putting out your campfire:

  • First, drown the campfire with water!
  • Next, mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially-burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off them.
  • Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure that everything is wet.
  • Feel the coals, embers, and any partially-burned wood with your hands. Everything (including the rock fire ring) should be cool to the touch. Feel under the rocks to make sure no embers underneath.
  • When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water.
  • Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers, because it only takes one to start a forest fire.
  • Remember…if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. 

Please take the time to completely put out your campfire, it could prevent a wildfire.






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