Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest just announce they have increased
the fire danger rating to very high.
Officials are asking visitors and other Forest-users to take added precautions.
As you’re enjoying your campfire, remember these safety tips:
- Once you have a fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily
- Keep your fire to a manageable size and do not burn a fire during the heat of the day
- Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
- Never leave your campfire unattended
- Never cut live trees or branches from live trees
When you’re ready to put out your fire and call it a night, follow these
- Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
- Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
- Keeping pouring water until hissing sound stops
- Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
- Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
- Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
- If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool Remember: DO NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.