Camping out is a popular activity during the summer months, and what goes hand-in-hand with camping is campfires. With all the dead trees and extremely dry brush, here are a few tips to keep in mind, the first of which is to keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby to extinguish the campfire, and clear all flammable vegetation at least 10 feet in all directions.
How to build an open campfire
* Select a level, shaded location away from heavy fuels such as logs, brush or decaying leaves and needles.
* Use a shovel to clear an area at least 10 feet in diameter. Scrape away grass, leaves or needles down to the mineral soil.
* Scoop a depression in the center of the cleared area in which to build the fire and put a ring of rocks around it.
* Cut wood in short lengths, pile within cleared area and light the fire. The fire should be built no larger than necessary.
* Fire must never be left unattended and the fire must be extinguished completely before everyone leaves camp.
To extinguish an open campfire
* Fill a bucket with water and pour it on the campfire while completely stirring and wetting all the ashes. Turn wood and coals over and wet all sides.
* Move some of the dirt immediately adjacent to the fire into the fire and mix thoroughly.
* Feel with your hand all around fire to be sure nothing is still smoldering.
You are not allowed to light, maintain, or use a campfire upon any brush-covered land, grass-covered land, or forest-covered land which is the property of another person unless you obtain a written permit from the owner, lessee, or agent of the property. If, however, campsites and special areas have been established by the property owner and posted as areas for camping, a permit is not necessary.
Should a campfire escape and grow out of control, the person who was to maintain the campfire will be found negligent, and can face fines and be held responsible for damages incurred.