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Campfire safety prevents forest fires


With campfire season here, the OPP and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are offering the following Campfire Tips:

1. Choose a site:

- Pick a site close to a water source and sheltered from the wind.

- Build your fire on bare rock, bare dirt or other non-combustible material (mineral soil).

- Build your fire at least one metre away from any flammable materials.

- Make sure the space above the fire is at least three metres from overhanging branches & vegetation.

2. Prepare the site:

- Clear a space about two metres wide for the fire.

- Remove pine needles, grass, leaves & twigs.

- Scrape the area right down to the mineral soil.

- Ensure you have a pail of water & a shovel to control the fire.

3. Build your campfire:

- Keep your fire small to a maximum of one metre high & one metre wide.

- Remember that small fires are safer, easier to control & easier to put out.

- A small fire will also keep cooking tools from blackening & let you get close enough to cook.

4. Stay nearby:

- Never leave a campfire unattended.

- Remember that you are responsible for tending your campfire, ensuring it is kept under control, and for putting it out.

5. Put the fire out:

- Pour lots of water on the campfire.

- Stir the ashes with a stick.

- Pour more water over top of the campfire.

- Stir the ashes with a stick again.

Repeat until:

- the ashes are cold to the touch

- the ashes don’t hiss

- the ashes look soaked

- no more smoke comes from the ashes

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