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