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How to Recreate Responsibly

Wildfire Edition

As weather warms up and wildland vegetation dries out, it is time to plan for wildfires. We all play a valuable role in preventing wildfires. Nearly nine out of ten wildfires nationwide are human-caused and can be prevented. Follow & share these tips to #RecreateResponsibly and do your part to care for one another and the outdoors.

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Know Before You Go

Prevent wildfires by knowing how to safely use outdoor equipment & vehicles, and by being aware of any fire restrictions in place that may affect activities like campfires and barbecues.

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Plan And Prepare

Carrying tools to extinguish a flame could prevent a random spark from becoming a catastrophic wildfire. Download apps or seek & save local information resources.

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Build A Safe and Inclusive Outdoors

Understand and be aware of how activities may affect others & our natural environment. We can work together to keep our communities safe through planning, preparing & practicing Leave No Trace.   

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Learn How to Respond

Wildfires can change your plans. If you see a fire, report it by calling 911. Follow posted signage or notifications. Give firefighters space & know that fires are no-drone zones.

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Respect Fire

From fireworks to camp stoves, understand the potentially explosive nature of your toys or tools before playing with fire. Use existing fire rings, and make sure your campfire is out completely & cold to the touch prior to leaving or sleeping.

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Make it Better

Learn about the impacts of human & drought-caused wildfire, and take action to address climate change. Remember that natural fires also play an important role in the health of our landscapes.

Access the full Wildfire Edition communications toolkit with graphics in English, Spanish, and Korean. 

Understanding recreation & wildfire...

Learn how you can do your part!

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National
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Prevention

How-To's

Learn more about current wildfires and statistics

Learn more about Wildfire Prevention How-Tos while at home or on a camping trip

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Learn how to minimize campfire impacts

Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

Check out these resources to help keep ourselves, others, and our wildlands safe. 

Preventable wildfires threaten lives, property, and our precious natural resources. Whether it is properly extinguishing a campfire or keeping your vehicle maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires; learn how to properly use outdoor equipment; burn debris safely; maintain, and extinguish a campfire; maintain a vehicle and tow safely; and practice fire-safe target shooting are a few.

To Know Before You Go
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To Plan and Prepare
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To Make it Better
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