Given that unattended campfires have been the cause of statewide fires over the years, Cal Fire offers the following guidelines:
* Secure necessary permits to build a campfire.
* Locate campfire a safe distance from tents, trees, or buildings.
* Scrape away grass and needles within a 10-foot diameter.
* Be sure campfire is out before leaving the area.
* Wear snug fitting clothing around campfires.
* Supervise children closely around a campfire.
* Teach everyone to stop, drop, and roll.
* Use only electric or battery lights in RVs.
* Clean and maintain appliances, gas connections, and fume vents.
* When using propane appliances, light a match before turning on gas.
* Place portable heaters away from combustibles.
* Do not block exit ways.
* Extinguish smoking materials before going to sleep.
* Teach children to operate emergency escape hatches.
* Keep a fire extinguisher by the exit door, and install a battery operated smoke detector.
* Prepare and practice a fire escape plan.
* In case of fire while driving, turn off the ignition and evacuate the vehicle.
* Use flammable liquids only for intended purpose.
* Fill lanterns and stoves away from heat sources.
* Use a funnel; clean spills immediately.
* Store flammable liquids outside, away from tent or RV.
* Store in approved metal safety can.
* Transport only minimal amounts in well ventilated area.
* Buy only a flame-resistant tent.
* Clear a 3-foot area around tent site.
* Keep lanterns and open flames outside of the tent.
* Extinguish fires and turn off lanterns and stoves before going to bed.
* Keep a fire extinguisher inside the tent.
* Be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if a fire occurs.
- Cal Fire