While I was doing some research for the Two Bulls Fire in Oregon for a blog post I wrote yesterday, I came across a great page from the Keep Oregon Green Association about campfires. Did you know that in Oregon, in the last five years, 101 campfires built on state protected lands burned 1,611 acres and cost $243,000 to suppress? Did you also know that campfires are the 3rd leading cause of human-caused wildfires? I didn't and this got me thinking ...
So here we are in the heart of campfire season and this advice the Association gives to Oregonians would be great to pass along to anyone planning on camping this summer.
Please do your part to keep the number of human-caused wildfires to a minimum (heck, let's knock wildfires right out of the park for good!). Before you head out to a campsite, review some of the information below, and then visit the Association's website for the full list of "do's and don't's" you will want to follow. Once you're there, you also find campfire safety video clips and wildfire prevention information. For those of you living in other states, your state forestry website provides information about safe campfire practices and any additional, state-specific information you need to know regarding wildfire safety. And of course, our friend Smokey Bear offers lots of great tips and advice for everyone, including kids.
Please check these resources out. You'll be glad you did! Thank you, everyone, and please stay safe!