The Maine State Fire Marshal has some tips for camping fire safety. When planning or actually camping remember to:
- Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire
- Always use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or any other closed space, not liquid filled heaters or lanterns.
- Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent. Clear all vegetation and dig a pit surrounded by rocks before building your campfire
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire
Finally, remember to put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To make sure you extinguish the fire cover with dirt or pour water over it.