Abandoned or unattended campfires cause big headaches

Keep campfires small so you can put them out immediately when the wind picks up. Photo DNR
Keep campfires small so you can put them out immediately when the wind picks up. Photo DNR

Campfires are popular with people in the great outdoors. Yet, now is the time to keep a close eye on them.

First, make sure campfires are allowed. Though DNR is currently still allowing them in most of its campgrounds, some campgrounds are closed to campfires on a case-by-case basis, and restrictions are increasing around our state. If there is ever any doubt whether you may have a campfire or not, always contact the area’s DNR region office, fire district, fire department or campground manager.

Then, keep eyes on your fire, and the conditions, at all times. Wind can carry the tiniest of embers up to a mile or farther.

Finally, put a campfire out until it’s cold to the touch. Some people think it will burn out on its own. However, it’s not that simple. You want to douse it with water, and stir. Please take the time to completely put out your campfire; a little extra care takes only a few minutes – but could prevent a wildfire and your risk of financial liability.

And remember, there’s a statewide DNR-protected lands burn ban on all types of outdoor burning in effect through September 30.

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