Know your county's outdoor burning regulations. Call the fire department, forest service, BLM, state or other federal agency to make sure you know burning regulations in a particular area.
Building a Campfire:
- Clear campfire site down to bare soil.
- Circle the pit with rocks.
- Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, and leaves.
- Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- When putting out a fire, drown the fire, stir it, and drown it again.
- Never take burning sticks out of a fire.
- Store flammable liquid containers in a safe place.
Using Fireworks: (Note: The use of fireworks is prohibited on ALL Federal and State public lands.)
- Read directions.
- Make sure an adult is present for supervision.
- Never light fireworks near or shoot them toward dry grass or other flammable materials.
- Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
- Read and follow instructions on your burn permit.
- Burn trash in a safe incinerator that includes a heavy mesh screen and a metal barrel in good condition.
- Clear the ground from flammable material at least 10 feet around the incinerator.
Other Prevention Tips:
- Never park your vehicle on dry grass.
- Know that sparks from chainsaws, welding torches, and other equipment can cause wildfires. Check local restrictions before using such equipment.
- Never throw a lit cigarette out the window of a vehicle or on the ground.
- Never leave a burning cigarette unattended.
- Use ash trays.