Fire Safety and Prevention
Fire danger in the forest varies with weather conditions. Drought, heat, and wind help dry timber and other fuel, making it easier to ignite. Once a fire is burning, these same conditions help increase a fire’s intensity.
Please do your part to protect your forest from human-caused fire. Before each visit check with the Bureau of Land management for current campfire restrictions, regulations, and campfire and camp stove permit requirements. Regulations governing campfires are specific to each area and change with elevations, weather conditions, and the seasons. Trails may be closed at any time without warning due to severe hazardous fire danger and weather.
If you build a campfire remember to:
- Remove any burnable material within a 5-foot minimum radius in all directions.
- Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps or logs, meadows, and dry grass and leaves.
- Reuse existing fire rings, or use a fire pan to contain coals and minimize fire scars.
- Keep the fire small.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.
- Do not use a campfire to burn foil, plastic, or other trash; pack it out.
- Drown your fire with water to extinguish it. Thoroughly stir the mix to cool it off. Use your bare hands to feel all sticks, charred materials, coals, and ashes to make sure the fire is completely out. Remove any trash, foil, etc. from ashes and pack out.