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					                                                        Campfire Safety Tips
                           Camping fun usually includes enjoying a good campfire. It has so many uses -
    heating, cooking, roasting marshmallows and providing story-telling atmosphere. Have you thought
    about a safer way to have a warm, crackling fire in your camping area? Below are a few basic
    campfire tips to help you and your family have a safe and fun outing:

•         Remember before you leave, check local weather conditions and whether there are any park land use
          restrictions by contacting your local parks departments (see below for website information or visit

•         Build your campfires away from overhanging branches, rotten stumps, shrubs, dry grass and leaves. Keep
          it at least 25 feet from all structures. Watch for flying embers.

•         Clear the immediate area surrounding your campfire site approximately 8-10 ft in radius.

•         Keep the fire in a contained unit such as a burn barrel, BBQ unit or hibachi. Do not build a fire directly on
          the ground. Fires can spread underground through root systems or decaying material.

•         Keep campfires small and do not let them get out of hand. (2’x2’x2’ in size)

•         Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel for throwing sand on the fire if it gets out of control.

•         Stack extra firewood upwind and away from the fire.

•         After lighting the fire do not discard the match until it is cold. Douse it with water to be sure.

•         Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.
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•         When extinguishing the fire, drown it with water. Make sure
                                                                                            opportunities in Suffolk County:
          all embers, coals, and sticks are wet. Move rocks, as there may
          be burning embers underneath. Stir the remains, add                             NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and
          more water, and stir again.                                                             Historic Preservation
•         Do not bury your coals, they can smolder and start to burn again.
                                                                                            Suffolk County Parks Department
•         Teach your children to respect fire.                     Smokey Bear has
                                                                   been working for
                                                                   over 50 years to
                                                                                        Long Island Recreational Vehicles (RV) &
                          For more information:                   remind Americans
                                                                  of the importance
                          Smokey Bear Website                        of outdoor fire  
                                                                  safety and wildfire
                                                                   prevention. With     Suffolk Committee for Camping , a non-
                                                                        reports of        political organization that represents the
                                                                                        Suffolk camping community on the future of
                                                                       increasing,                                          d
                                                                                          Suffolk County Campgrounds an Parks.
                                                                    Smokey Bear's           For information on how to join visit:
             Developed by the Central Pine Barrens                wildfire prevention
      Wildfire Task Force Public Education Subcommittee            message is more                  contact by email at:           vital today than    SUFFOLKCOMMITTEEFORCAMPING@JUNO.COM
                          or call 631-224-2604                     ever before. This
                                                                  website is fun, but
                                                                         also has
 Funded in part by a State Fire Assistance Grant (National Fire         important
   Plan) awarded by the Northeastern Area State & Private           information for
                Forestry, USDA Forest Service                       kids and adults.