Safer summer fun: Help prevent wildfires

Want to know how you can reduce your chance of accidentally starting a wildfire while enjoying the outdoors? Click the image below and use the arrows below to follow along.


Before leaving home, always check to find out what the campfire restrictions are for the area you plan to visit. Contact the landowner of the property, whether it’s state land, federal land, a campground, or private land.

If campfires are allowed, extinguish them properly when you leave:

  1. Drown the fire thoroughly with water.
  2. Stir until cold.
  3. Drown the fire again and stir
  4. Never leave a campfire unattended at any time.
  5. Never leave a campfire until it is completely out and cool to the touch.

Please take the time to completely put out your campfire; a little extra care takes only a few minutes – but could prevent a wildfire. Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Learn more about how to have safe trips to DNR-managed lands with our guide to safe and fun recreation.

Look for this interactive guide and more in this month’s recreation e-newsletter.

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