Hello! I’m Smokey Bear.I need your help! My forest friends and I need healthy forests and wildlands to live in. Help stop our homes from being destroyed by wildfires. Learn with me about the prevention of wildland fires. Only you can prevent wildfires. While at home or on camping trips, follow these important safety tips.
How to Pick Your Campfire Spot
Follow these steps when picking your campfire spot to help prevent wildfires.
1. DO NOT build a campfire if the campground, area or event rules prohibit them. Sometimes digging of pits may be prohibited due to archaeological or other concerns.
2. DO NOT build a campfire in hazardous, dry conditions.
3. FIND OUT if the campground has an existing fire ring or fire pit.
4. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, choose a site at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Beware of low hanging branches.
5. Choose an open, level location away from heavy fuels such as logs, brush or decaying leaves.
6. Take wind, and its direction, into account when choosing the site. Choose a spot that's protected from gusts.
No pit? No problem. When a prepared pit isn't available, follow these important safety tips while building your own.
Now that you've prepared your pit, it's time to build your campfire. Follow these steps to have a safe and fun time. The same also applies to hunters' warming fires.
A campfire 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 wildfires.
Backyard Debris Burning
Understand how to prevent wildfires from backyard debris burning.
Learn before you burn. When burning yard waste and debris, follow these important steps... Backyard Debris Burning
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