Fire resources

Help prevent forest fires. Always check state and local laws before starting a campfire!

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Fire Restriction & Burn Ban Information has compiled a national catalog of authorities responsible for fire restrictions and burn bans across the United States. You can find information about your state, park, forest, or BLM division by clicking or tapping on the link for your state below. does not maintain any fire ban or restriction information. Instead, our goal with this catalog is to provide access to the people and authorities responsible for issuing and enforcing warnings.

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Campfire Safety

Here are a few things to remember when making a campfire - always be sure to check your state and local restrictions before assuming if safe to have a fire!

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Always check for local, state, or regional campfire restrictions or fire bans.

Before starting your fire, be sure to check for fire restrictions or bans in the area where you plan to camp or have a fire. has compiled a catalog of fire authorities by state to help you better understand the laws in your area. Click on a state above to learn more.☝️

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Never start a fire if its windy!

Windy conditions can cause wildfires to spread rapidly and are a major fuel to forest fires every year. If it's too windy to light your fire, it's too windy to have a fire. Many areas across the United States will issue “red flags” during these kinds of conditions, however, even if there isn’t a warning, use your brain - better safe than sorry!

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Always drown out your fire

To ensure your fire is completely out, hang around to make sure it isn’t smoking or smoldering for up to an hour after you put out the fire. Make sure there aren't any red or glowing embers below the logs!

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Have plenty of water when starting your fire

The easiest and quickest way to put out a fire is to dump water on it. Having extra water is always a good idea when camping or adventuring, but it's even more important when having a campfire. Always have at least 5 gallons of water with you when burning and keep it close by - especially when its dark!

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Don’t collect downed wood from the forest

Fallen trees and branches provide habitats and much needed nutrition as they break down, allowing new life to grow. This means that in many places, it's best practice to leave fallen trees and branches alone. Only collect dead and downed firewood when it is encouraged by park authorities. Let’s keep the forest forest.

Help stop the spread of harmful forest pests and invasive species; buy firewood where you burn it!

Tree-killing insects and diseases can hitchhike to new areas when people travel with firewood. Help us protect the forest by sourcing your firewood locally (ideally within 10 miles of where you'll burn it) or purchase certified, heat-treated firewood.

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Keep your fire 15-feet away

It’s best to keep your campfire at least fifteen feet from your tent, vehicle, supplies, or most importantly, dry sticks or brush. Forest fires can start by igniting dry material on the ground or branches above a campfire - something thats easy to prevent with enough space. Clear the ground around your fire ring and pick a location that has a clear view to the sky.

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Use or make a fire ring

Whenever you have a fire, it's best to use a metal or rock fire ring that has deep sides. This will keep your campfire contained and will prevent it from spreading. As a rule-of-thumb, most campgrounds require campfires to be inside the provided fire rings.

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