USE CARE WITH CAMPFIRES IN THE WEST
By Del Albright
First of all, follow ALL rules and regulations for your area when it comes to campfires. If they are banned/prohibited, find an alternative!
A simple browser search will tell you what is legal in your area. Type something like: "campfire restrictions eldorado national forest" to see the latest news.
If, and this time of year, that's a big if campfires are allowed, you will need a campfire permit on most federal and state lands. Usually, the permit will say things like:
TERMS OF THE PERMIT
Permittee agrees to the following:
- Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire. Meadows make poor campsite locations as you will destroy sections of the meadow with the campfire and the clearance.
- Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
- Have a responsible person in attendance at all times. Leave the permit with that person and make sure they are aware of the terms of the permit.
- Extinguish campfire with water, using the drown, stir, and feel method. If it is to hot to touch than the fire is not out and can re-ignite.
For motorized recreation friends, it's easy to bring a shovel and fire extinguisher that you can have handy by any fire. Please take care with fire -- only You.