Wildland Fire: Safety for Park Visitors

By NPS Wildland Fire Program

Outdoor Fire Safety

Ranger discusses outdoor fire safety at a campfire in our national parks
Ranger talks about fire safety with park visitors.

Keep these tips in mind before you leave home as well as on the trail to make for an enjoyable outdoor experience during fire season!

Brown sign stating Fire Danger Today with colors indicating Low to Extreme fire danger.
A fire danger sign indicating high fire danger in the area. In times of High, Very High, and Extreme fire danger, fire restrictions may be put into place.


  • During periods of high fire danger, consider alternatives to campfires, such as a propane campstove. It may be a great opportunity for some fantastic stargazing.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles—pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
  • If you see smoke, fire, or suspicious activities, note the location as best you can and report it to authorities (such as a ranger) or call 911. Do NOT attempt to contact suspicious people or try to put out a fire by yourself.
  • If you see a wildland fire, report its location to authorities (such as a ranger) or call 911. Avoid traveling near it.
  • Do not drive your car or ATV and park in tall, dry vegetation, such as grass. The hot underside of the vehicle may start a fire.