Fire Safety in the Outdoors

Did you know California requires a fire permit?

“Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.

On private lands, written permission from the landowner is also required for campfire use.” –

To Attain A California Fire Permit:

If you don’t plan to build a fire, barbecues, or use a portable stove on federally controlled lands, I would still check your state and check the regulations and fire restrictions. Additionally, I would recommend to still learn from the basics to prevent wildfires. It is valuable information.

#1 Get a Valid Campfire Permit
This includes barbecues and portable stoves. As soon as you get it, please print it out, and carry it with you whenever you plan to build a fire.

#2 Check Local Fire Restrictions
On days of high fire danger, campfires may be restricted due to the potential of wildfires.

#3. Choose a Safe Location
On the day when you arrive at your campsite. Choose a level open area away from heavy fuel such as logs, brush, or decaying leaves and needles.

#4. Clear a Minimum if 10 feet Around Your Fire
Use a shovel to scrape away grass, leaves, and needles down to the bare minimal soil. It is a good idea to keep your shovel near the campfire site at all times for preparing and extinguishing the campfire.

#5 Have a Responsible Adult in Attendance
Never leave children around a fire unattended.

#6 Extinguish Your Fire Completely with the “Drown, Stir, & Feel” Method.
Utilize the “Drown, Stir, & Feel” Method. Drown the fire with water. Stir around the fire area with your shovel to wet any remaining embers and ash. Be sure to turn wood and coal over and wet all sides.

Move some dirt onto the fireside and mixed thoroughly and fully smoother it.

#7 Feel the area with your hand. Make sure nothing is smoldering.
Remember carelessness around the campfire can lead to disastrous consequences. Do your apart to avoid tragedy. Campfire Safety is your responsibility. 




Whose responsibility is campfire safety?
A. Fire Service
B. Yours
C. Campground Host

What is the first step before building a campfire on public lands?
A. Find a safe location
B. Get a Campfire Permit
C. Gather Wood

Safety measures recommend a total clearance space of 10 feet in diameter where you plan to build your fire. How much clearance is required from the campfire’s edge?
A. 5 feet
B. 1 foot
C. None

True or False:
A safe site for a campfire is an area level, open, and away from trees, brush or dead vegetation.
A. True
B. False

What’s the Best Method to extinguish a campfire?
A. Smother, stir, and drown
B. Drown, stir, and feel
C. Dig, smother, and feel

Besides campfires, a campfire permit is also required before using the following item on public lands?
A. Vehicle
B. Portable gas stoves
C. Coffee maker
D. Flashlight

True or False:
Even with a campfire permit you should still check for local fire restrictions in the area you plan to camp.
A. True
B. False

What two items do you need on site when you are having a campfire?
A. Bucket and Shovel
B. Chair and bucket
C. Water and shovel
D. Nonflammable clothing for protection

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