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Recreational Fire Safety

What is a Recreational Fire? A recreational fire is an outdoor fire (like a campfire) that has a total area of 3 feet or less wide and 2 feet or less in height. In Wildland Fire Areas, the maximum area is 2 feet or less wide.

Open flames or campfires can be dangerous and can cause injuries or wildfires.  Some things to know to help prevent these kinds of accidents:

  • Obtain permission from the property owner or make sure a fire is permitted.
  • Keep your fire to a manageable size. A small fire is easier to control.
  • Clear away flammable vegetation such as leaves and sticks, overhanging low branches and shrubs.
  • Maintain separation from structures and combustibles, at least 25 feet
  • Never leave the fire unattended at any time. Fires should be closely monitored by a responsible adult so that everyone can remain safe.
  • Keep a bucket of water, fire extinguisher, shovel, or garden hose nearby.
  • Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour water until all hissing sounds stop. Continue to add water and stir with a shovel until all material is cool.
  • Never: Burn trash, rubbish, garbage, or yard waste as it is prohibited by law.
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Talk to your kids about fire safety.

Teach your children about fire safety and what they can do to prevent fires. The more they know, the less likely they are to cause an accident. Store matches and lighters in a safe place, and out of reach. If clothing catches fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll. Stop. Drop to the ground and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.

For more information, see the Recreational Fire Safety Guideline Brochure

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