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 http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/exec/parks
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 http://www.licamping.com/
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
Suffolk County Campgrounds an Parks.
Smokey Bear's For information on how to join visit:
Developed by the Central Pine Barrens wildfire prevention http://www.licamping.com/scc/sccpage.htm
Wildfire Task Force Public Education Subcommittee message is more contact by email at:
http://www.pb.state.ny.us/chart_stewardship_main_page.htm vital today than SUFFOLKCOMMITTEEFORCAMPING@JUNO.COM
or call 631-224-2604 ever before. This
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Plan) awarded by the Northeastern Area State & Private information for
Forestry, USDA Forest Service kids and adults.