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Responsible Recreation

Published on: 2/13/2013 4:18 PM
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.
  • 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.
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)