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Holiday Safety

Christmas Tree Fires

Per NFPA the U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 240 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees in 2005-2009. These fires caused an annual average of

  • 13 civilian fire deaths
  • 27 civilian fire injuries
  • 16.7 million in direct property damage
  • One of every 18 reported Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to one death per 141 total reported home fires.

Links to Holiday Safety Facts and Tips

Proper Ash Disposal:

When cleaning your fireplace or woodstove, always place your ashes in a metal container, NEVER use a paper or plastic bag or cardboard box. Put the metal container outside and immediately pour water into the can to cool any hot embers. Coals or pieces of wood can smolder for days. Stir the water into the ashes with a stick, making sure everything is cold. Cover the container with a lid and store the metal container away from flammable materials. Do not store ashes under decks.

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Building a campfire can be a lot of fun, but with the fun comes responsibility. Illegal, abandoned campfires are a major cause of wildfires in the Tahoe National Fores and on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Safe Campfire Practices

  • Know the fire regulations where you plan to camp and if any restrictions are in effect.
  • Obtain a campfire permit for sites outside designated campgrounds in the National Forest of BLM public land. The permits are free and available from any Forest Service, BLM, or CalFire office.
  • Have water and a shovel immediately available.
  • Clear an area 10 feet around the campfire of all leaves and pine needles.
  • Keep campfires small.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.

Extinguishing Your Campfire

  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drowning all embers. This may take several gallons of water.
  • Stir the ashes with a shovel.
  • Continue to pour water and stir the fire until cold and very wet. Use the back of your hand to test for heat, never directly touching the ashes.
  • Do not leave a campfire site (even for a few minutes) until the fire has been totally doused and is dead out. It is illegal to leave a campfire burning and can carry a fine up to $350. Even if the ashes are gray and it looks out, do not leave it until you fully extinguish it.