Don’t start a fire; tips to follow this summer

Never walk away from a burning or smoldering campfire. Please put it completely out.

The blue skies and warm weather are so nice in the Pacific Northwest. However, along with the heat and dryness comes the danger of wildfires. This summer, Washington state has already faced more than 240 wildfires. Unfortunately, humans cause most of these wildfires.

The good news is that there are steps we can take to help prevent wildfires.

  • Be sure recreation vehicles have operating spark arrestors
  • Do not park vehicles in dry, grassy areas as residual heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass
  • Know the current wildfire riskin your county, destination, or area you may be working in
  • Remember, it’s always illegal to light fireworks or use incendiary ammunition or exploding targets on DNR-protected lands

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

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 camp host.

  • Drownthe fire thoroughly with water.
  • Stiruntil cold.
  • Drownthe fire again and stir
  • Neverleave a campfire unattended at any time.
  • Neverleave a campfire until it is completely out and cool to the touch.

Visit our website to learn more about wildfire prevention and from our friend Smokey Bear.

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