Silver City, NM. April 15, 2021. The Gila National Forest would like to remind visitors to always practice campfire safety. The forest has been responding to more abandoned campfires than usual. This time of year, the weather is often warm and windy and with the lack of winter moisture, unattended campfires can easily escape. The forest has seen an increase in visitor use from shed hunters and anticipate more visitors with turkey hunts starting this week. The Gila National Forest would like to remind visitors to always practice campfire safety.

Follow these guidelines and you will keep your Forest and public lands safer:

  • Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five (5) feet in all directions
  • Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out
  • Never leave your campfire unattended and put it out at night
  • Avoid making a campfire during the windy part of the day
  • To make sure your campfire is out, drown with water and stir with dirt, making sure
    all burned materials are extinguished. Put your hand in the ashes to make sure it’s cold. If it’s
    too hot to touch it needs more water and more stirring.
  • To report a fire on the forest, please call Silver City Interagency Dispatch at 800-
    538-1644

Every campfire should be put DEAD OUT before leaving it. Remember, Smokey says “Only you can
prevent wildfires”

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at
https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.