Outdoor Fire Safety

a smoke plume rising above as snow field
Fire can happen during any season- it is always good to  be prepared
  • Before you go hiking or camping, always check with public land agencies for any fire restrictions or area closures.
  • If you use a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area. Make sure the fire is cold to the touch.
  • If using a camp stove, do not use the stove on top of a wooden table, and make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Use stones to prop up your stove to prevent it from tipping over and starting a fire.
  • Always consider alternative to campfires during periods of high fire danger.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles- pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
  • If you see a wildland fire or smoke, report its location as soon as you can. Avoid traveling near it.
  • If you see smoke, fire, or any suspicious activities, note the location as bests as you can and report it to authorities. Do NOT attempt to contact suspicious people or try to put a fire out by yourself.
  • Be careful parking or driving your vehicle in tall, dry, vegetation, such as grass. The hot underside of the vehicle may start a fire.
  • Be aware of sudden changes in the weather, or changing weather conditions. For example, if you see a thunderstorm approaching, consider leaving the area or leaving exposed ridge lines.
  • Be flexible with your plans. Wildfire are common across the western United States in the summertime and may close roads, attractions, and create smoke impacts.
More information on how to prepare for a wildfire can be found at Firewise from the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire Restrictions

Are there fire restrictions currently in effect?

The superintendent of Crater Lake National Park may institute fire restrictions any time conditions call for them. The goal of the restrictions is to reduce the possibility of accidental human-caused fire during times of high fire danger. Fireworks are prohibited year round at Crater Lake. If you are backpacking and hiking over long distances, please be aware that fire restrictions may change as you travel through different land agencies. Always check with staff to ensure you are following any fire restrictions.

If fire restrictions are in effect, and you see someone violating the rules, please report the situation to park staff immediately.

Last updated: August 16, 2017

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