Wildland Fire Safety for Park Visitors

A ranger talks to campers around a campfire.
Ranger talks about a wildfire and fire safety with campers.

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Outdoor Fire Safety

Keep these tips in mind before you leave home as well as on the trail to make for an enjoyable outdoor experience during fire season!
A sign with a half circle divided like a pie showing colors and words denoting fire danger.
A fire danger sign indicating high fire danger in the area. In times of High, Very High, and Extreme fire danger, fire restrictions may be put into place.


  • During periods of high fire danger, consider alternatives to campfires, such as a propane campstove. It may be a great opportunity for some fantastic stargazing.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles—pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
  • If you see smoke, fire, or suspicious activities, note the location as best you can and report it to authorities (such as a ranger) or call 911. Do NOT attempt to contact suspicious people or try to put out a fire by yourself.
  • If you see a wildland fire, report its location to authorities (such as a ranger) or call 911. Avoid traveling near it.
  • Do not drive your car or ATV and park in tall, dry vegetation, such as grass. The hot underside of the vehicle may start a fire.

Last updated: July 29, 2019