Only You Can Prevent Wildfires

smokey_bearAn Important Message from the U.S. Forest Service

Many campgrounds and roads are still inaccessible due to snowpack or because of ongoing work to remove beetle-killed hazard trees.  Please respect these closures and do not try to drive around snow banks or barriers.

Remember that weakened or dead trees can fall without warning, endangering people and blocking roads.  Recreationists need to watch out for falling or high-risk trees, especially in high winds.

Visitors are reminded to be careful with campfires and follow these basic fire safety rules:

  • Scrape back dead grass and forest materials from your campfire site.
  • Keep your campfire small and under control; make it only as big as you need it.
  • Keep a shovel and a water container nearby to douse escaped embers.
  • Put your campfire dead out before leaving your campsite or going to sleep.
  • Fireworks are not allowed on federal lands.

Show your commitment to wildfire prevention by pledging to the following…

I pledge to:
  • To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • To understand that any fire I create could become a wildfire.
  • To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I create a fire outdoors.
  • To never, ever leave any fire unattended.
  • To make sure any fire that I create is properly and completely extinguished before moving on.
  • To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials.
  • To be aware of my surroundings and be careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
  • To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.

For more information, visit Smokey’s own site at or the United States Forest Service site at

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