Three sisters gathered around a campfire with water in the background

Have you thought about a safer way to have a warm, crackling fire in your camping area? Smokey Bear has given EEK! seven tips for you and your parents to follow when you want a campfire. Always ask a parent to help you when around a fire because fires can be dangerous!

  1. Dig a small pit away from overhanging branches. (Most parks have campfire pits ready and waiting for you.)
  2. Circle the pit with rocks or be sure it already has a metal fire ring.
  3. Clear a five-foot area around the pit down to the soil.
  4. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
  5. Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
  6. After lighting, do not discard the match until it is cold.
  7. Never leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute.

Now you know what it takes to have a safe campfire. What goes well with a campfire? Food! Go on to a list of favorite camping recipes.

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