Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:21 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Although the fire danger level is now high for the Gallatin National Forest, there are no fire restriction in place.
A fire prevention specialist showed local adventurers how to make sure a campfire does not lead to a wildfire.
"The smallest things with the hot, dry, windy weather can spark a fire very easily and very quickly," said Karen Tuscano, Fire Prevention Specialist.
One of the people trying to keep that from happening is Adam Miller, who's in charge of a youth group camp out this weekend.
He said fire safety is the first thing he'll talk about to his campers.
"Keeping fires in the fire rings, not playing around fires, and let them understand what the focus of a fire is for," said Miller. "It's there for warmth, for light and for cooking food."
His son Yaden pointed out it's important to be careful when it's dry out.
"Cause fire could get on anything and make a bigger fire," Yaden warned.
All recommended the following advice to put a campfire out: Add water and stir as needed until you no longer see smoke or steam. The ashes should be cool to the touch.
Officials also say campers should keep an eye on their own fire and other signs of fire while recreating.
"Be watchful and just really mindful of what's going on around you. you know, it's not only human starts that we worry about, it's also lightning."
Officials stress the importance of keeping a bucket of water by a campfire at all times in case something goes wrong.