While back to school may indicate the end of camping season for many, some of the best camping days are still ahead of us. As the dry summer heat tapers away you may forget that many burn bans are still in place in state parks. Before planning your camping getaway – and your menu! – make sure you check the burn bans for the state park your visiting.
If fires are allowed at your campsite, remember these five simple rules of campfire safety.
- Look not just around, but up (make sure there are no low hanging branches!)
- Safety proof your pit by clearing a 5 foot radius & circling it with rocks.
- Always keep water nearby.
- Always watch – never leave a fire unattended.
- Put it out before bedtime. Make sure [...]
All of us can agree, we would like to avoid wildfires. The smoke and the fires can ruin the fun of the summer months. However, many of us also love the beauty, cooking opportunity and heat campfires provide. With proper caution, campfires can be enjoyed safely. Do your part this summer to ensure you follow the rules of campfire safety, so we can all enjoy the great outdoors.Do Your Research
Always check current fire regulations for the area. In drought conditions, campfires may be prohibited. In extreme drought conditions, even camp stoves could be forbidden, so you will need to plan accordingly. Obtain a campfire permit if needed.
Not only do you need to know the rules of the area, you need to know the rules of the specific camping site. Are [...]