How to Recreate Responsibly
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Learn how you can do your part!
Learn more about current wildfires and statistics
Learn more about Wildfire Prevention How-Tos while at home or on a camping trip
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.