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Campfire Safety

As Smoky the Bear says, "Only you can prevent forest fires." Help keep yourself and other campers safe by following All American Campgrounds' campfire rules.

1. Campfires are permitted, but must be in metal containers per the order of the deputy fire chief (weather permitting).

2. Absolutely no Bon Fires. This will result in your immediate removal from the campgrounds.

These tips from the National Forest Service will also help you keep your campfire in check:

* Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, and leaves. Pile any extra wood away from the fire.

* Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.

* Start with dry twigs and small sticks. Add larger sticks as the fire builds up. Put the largest pieces of wood on last, pointing them toward the center of the fire, and gradually push them into the flames.

* Keep the campfire small. A good bed of coals and a small fire gives plenty of heat. Scrape away litter, duff and any burnable material within a 10-foot diameter circle. This will keep a small campfire from spreading.

* Be sure your match is out. Hold it until it is cold. Break it so you can feel the charred portion before discarding it.

* Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.

* Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet. Move rocks, there may be burning embers underneath.

* Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again. Be sure all burned material has been extinguished and cooled. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough soil and sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cooled.

* Feel all materials with your bare hand. Make sure that nothing is left burning. Do not bury your coals — they can smolder and break out.