Weekend campers urged to prevent wildfires

May 21, 2014

ASHEVILLE — With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the U.S. Forest Service reminds visitors to the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests to prevent wildfires by practicing simple steps.

Campfires are often a source of wildfires. Practice these techniques to prevent a wildfire:

  • Keep your fire to a manageable size
  • Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
  • Never leave your campfire unattended
  • Never cut live trees or branches from live trees
  • When extinguishing a campfire, follow these steps:
  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  • Pour until hissing sound stops
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  • Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch

If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

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