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Camp Fire Safety Tips Smokey Bear

How to Build, Maintain & Extinguish Your Campfire

A camp fire can be one of the best parts of camping, or provide necessary warmth to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Just don’t forget your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it to prevent wild fires. With the wild fires in California happening right now, it's time to talk about fire safety to prevent damaging and life-threatening fires wherever you travel.

Keep your camp fire from becoming a wild fire!

BEFORE ...

  • Choose a spot that’s protected from wind gusts and at least 15 feet from your tent, gear, and anything ammable.
  • Clear a 10-foot diameter area around your camp re spot by removing leaves, grass, and anything burnable down to the dirt.
  • Don’t build your camp re near plants or under tree limbs or other ammable material hanging overhead.
  • If allowed, dig a pit for your camp fire, about 1-foot deep, in the center of the cleared area.
  • Build a fire ring around the pit with rocks to create a barrier.
  • Don’t use any type of ammable liquid to start your fire.
  • Gather three types of wood to build your camp re and add them in this order:
    • Tinder - small twigs, dry Kindling – dry sticks leaves or grass, dry needles
    • Kindling - dry sticks leaves or grass, dry needles. smaller than 1” around
    • Firewood - larger, dry pieces of wood up to about 10” around.

DURING ...

  • Keep your fire small.
  • Always keep water and a shovel nearby and know how to use them to put out your camp fire.
  • Be sure an adult is always watching the fire.
  • Keep an eye on the weather! Sudden wind gusts can blow sparks into vegetation outside your cleared area, causing unexpected fires.

AFTER ...

  • If possible, allow your camp re to burn out completely – to ashes.
  • Drown the camp re ashes with lots of water.
  • Use a shovel to stir the ashes and water into a “mud pie.” Be sure to scrape around the edges of the fire to get all the ashes mixed in.
  • Drown the ashes with water again.
  • Check that your camp fire is cold before leaving. Hold your bare hand just above the wet ashes, especially around the edges of the fire. DO NOT touch the ashes or you might burn yourself.
  • If you feel heat, stir more water into the ashes.
  • When the ashes are cold, disassemble your fire ring and scatter the rocks.
  • If you built your camp fire in a fire pit, be sure it’s filled in with wet dirt.

Download the Smokey Camp Fire Safety Checklist before you build your next fire. Follow these safety tips during your next camping trip. And have fun! 

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