Outdoor Fire SafetyKeep these tips in mind before you leave home as well as on the trail to make for an enjoyable outdoor experience during fire season!
- Before you go, check with public land management agencies for fire restrictions or area closures. Check out current National Park Service alerts.
- Plan ahead and prepare. Prepare a trip plan, let someone else know where you are going, sign in at the trailhead, know your route and be sure to know how to get out! For more information on Trip Planning, check out this guide.
- Check the forecast before you go. While recreating, watch for sudden changes in the weather or changing weather conditions. For example, if you see or hear a thunderstorm approaching, consider leaving the area.
- If you use a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area - be sure it is cold to the touch. Learn more about campfire safety.
- If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other plants that could easily catch fire. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.
- 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.
Last updated: July 29, 2019