FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015
How to Pick Your Spot:
-DO NOT build a fire at a site in hazardous, dry conditions. DO NOT build a fire if the campground, area, or event rules prohibit campfires.
-FIND OUT if the campground has an existing fire ring or fire pit.
-If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, look for a site that is at least fifteen feet away from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Also beware of low-hanging branches overhead.
Preparing Your Campfire Pit:
Before you start your campfire, you need to prepare your pit.
1.Fill the pit with small pieces of dry wood; never rip or cut branches from living trees.
2.Place your unused firewood upwind and away from the fire.
3.Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
How to Put Out the Campfire:
Extinguishing Your Campfire
When you're ready to put out your fire and call it a night, follow these guidelines:
1.Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
2.Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
3.Pour until hissing sound stops
4.Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
5.Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
6.Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
7.If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
For more fire safety information, videos, and tips on starting and maintaining your fire visit: http://www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp
Have fun and be safe!! And remember what Smokey the Bear says "Only YOU can prevent wildfires."
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