DNR offers campfire safety tips

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires this summer.

“Spending time with family and friends around a campfire is a popular Minnesota tradition,” said Linda Gormanson, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor. “You can take simple measures to make your campfire safe.”

Gormanson recommends all campfires should be:

  • Clear of any burnable material 5 feet in all directions around the fire.
  • Built within a designated fire ring 3 feet or less in diameter.
  • Kept to 3 feet or less in height.
  • Legal – check if to see if local municipality requires a permit.


For people who don’t have a campsite with a designated fire ring, select a safe place for the campfire. Choose a level area away from dry grass, shrubs or logs that is free of overhanging branches. Then scoop out a depression in the center of the area and put a ring of rocks around it.

An adult should attend the fire at all times – even a light breeze can cause the fire to spread. Always have a shovel and water available at the campfire to extinguish it. Stir the embers repeatedly with water or dirt until every ember is out cold.

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