Fire Prevention Safety Tips
Careless operation of motor vehicles, shooting, industrial work and abandoned campfires cause many wildfires each year. Consider the following when working or recreating outdoors:
Clear a campfire site down to bare soil.
Build a fire ring out of rocks. Keep the fire small with no less than a ten-foot clearance around it.
Build the fire away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and dry grass.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze can cause a fire to spread rapidly.
Keep a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire.
When putting a campfire out, drown it with water. Stir the fire with water and dirt until all the ashes are cold to the touch. Never leave a fire until it is out cold.
Ensure your vehicle is in good operating order and clear of debris in undercarriage.
Do not shoot in areas of dry grass or brush with incendiary ammunition.
Refrain from operating hot, spark producing or open flame type tools in grass or brush and remember to keep water or fire extinguisher close.
Ensure off road vehicles are fitted with spark arrestor on the exhaust system.
Campers are also asked to be careful with cigarettes, gas lanterns, barbeques, gas stoves and anything else that can be a source of ignition for a wildfire.
Check for fire restrictions with your local land management agency and fire danger ratings when planning outdoor work and recreation.
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