Campfire safety for forest visitors
PORTLAND, Ore. – July 9, 2018 – With warm and dry conditions across the region, fire officials urge visitors to practice campfire safety when recreating outdoors.
“Our firefighters will be busy this summer responding to lightning-caused wildfires,” said Traci Weaver, Public Affairs Officer for Fire Communications for the USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region. “Please help us out by being safe and responsible with fire so we don’t add unnecessary human-caused wildfires to the mix.”
Nationally, approximately 90% of wildfires are human caused. Unattended campfires are the number one source of human-caused wildfires on public land. In 2017, 45% of wildfires in Oregon and 91% of wildfires in Washington were human-caused.
If you are planning to have a campfire, please remember:
- First, “know before you go” whether campfires are allowed in the area you are visiting. Fire restrictions may be in place depending on local conditions.
- Keep your campfire small and away from flammable material, like overhanging tree branches or shrubs.
- Use a designated campfire ring when available.
- Keep water and a shovel nearby.
- Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning your fire with water and stirring with a shovel.
- Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.
This short video demonstrates how to properly build and extinguish a campfire.
USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region staff.