Gila National Forest: Campfire Safety is Essential to Preventing Wildfires

Silver City, NM. April 5, 2021—The Gila National Forest wants to remind our visitors about the importance of campfire safety and your part in preventing human-caused wildland fires.

The dry winter and spring combined with strong winds has already brought wildfire season to the Gila National Forest. To date, the forest has seen several small wildfires, as well as the 220-acres Elk Fire.  The causes of these fires are under investigation. This past weekend, the Catwalk Recreation Area saw two small wildfires, which combined, equaled .75 acres and there was a .75-acre wildfire on the Quemado RD.

If you come across an abandoned campfire, if possible please drown, stir, drown, and place your hand close to the fire to make sure it’s cool. Then, call Silver City Interagency Dispatch Center at 1-800-538-1644 to report the location so our fire prevention staff can follow up.

More campfire safety tips are:

  • Bring a small shovel, rake, and buckets of water to drown that fire.
  • Don’t start your fire in tall grass – make sure there is bare ground, or a pre-established fire pit.
  • Don’t start underneath overhanging trees or brush.
  • Don’t start your campfire on a windy day or during a RED FLAG WARNING day.

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