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Campfire Safety

Campfires with family and friends are great fun! To make your next campfire safer and healthier, remember to:

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  • Check the Fire Danger Map first to make sure it's safe to have a fire where you are.
  • Watch this clip about Campfire Safety on DEC's YouTube Channel.
  • Avoid burning on windy days.
  • Keep your campfire less than 3 feet high and less than 4 feet wide.
  • Keep flammable objects and debris at least 3 feet away from the fire.
  • Never burn trash, including plastic, glass, and metal (like tin and aluminum cans).
  • Burn only local firewood.
    • Burn only dry, plain wood - no pressure-treated lumber and no painted or stained wood.
    • Untreated wood, split tree logs, and branches are recommended for campfires.
    • Using heat-treated/kiln-dried wood can prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Never use fire accelerants such as kerosene, gasoline, or lighter fluid.
  • Stay out of the smoke. The fire and its warmth can be pleasant for everyone, but inhaling smoke is unhealthy for you and for your pets.
  • Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby. Never leave your fire unattended.
  • After you're finished with your fire, fully extinguish it. Stirring water or dirt into the remains of the fire can help.

We want you to fully enjoy your campfire. Following these guidelines will help ensure a safer gathering.

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