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Responsible Recreation

Published on: 2/13/2013 4:18 PM
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Preventing Wildfire
 
Recreationists are the cause of 10% of all wildfires started within the state.  Be responsible with your recreational activities so that a fun time does not lead to tragedy and disaster.
 
CAMPFIRES
 
  • Secure all necessary permits to build a campfire.
  • Build in a campground fire ring or authorized area.
  • Clear all grass and needles within a 10-foot diameter with a shovel or rake.
  • Dig a hole for the campfire and surround it with rocks.
  • Ensure the campfire is attended at all times.
  • Fully extinguish a campfire before leaving the area.  Pour a bucket of water directly onto the ashes and coals.  Add dirt from the surrounding area and blend with water to extinguish smoldering embers.
VEHICLES / EQUIPMENT
 
Equip all types of vehicles and equipment with spark arresters.  Motorcycles, ATVs, chainsaws, cross-country vehicles, portable generators and trail bikes all require spark arresters if you are going to operate them in or near grass, brush or forest areas.

(Attribution:  California Department of Forestry)