With high temperatures and drought conditions becoming more severe over much of the U.S., fire safety is something that every national park visitor should be keeping at the front of their mind. Follow these NPS guidelines to answer any of the burning questions you might have about how to recreate responsibly during wildfire season: 

  • Know before you go! Check NPS announcements and websites for any area closures or fire restrictions relevant to your destination. 

  • Make sure all campfires are FULLY extinguished before you leave your site. It should be cold to the touch. Do your best to Leave No Trace! In areas with active fire bans in place, a portable propane camp stove with a shut-off valve is a great alternative to a campfire if you want to cook. Make sure that stove is away from any grass or other plants that could easily catch fire though, and please no charcoal, candles, biomass stoves, or propane firepits/firebowls. 

  • Create a trip plan; inform friends and family of where you’re traveling and hiking! 

  • Check the forecast and be prepared for inclement weather. Sudden lightning storms are a fire hazard. 

  • Educate others! Fire safety refreshers and reminders are always helpful. 

  • Keep air quality in mind. Sensitive populations like children, the elderly, and people with compromised lungs might want to take it easy in the parks during fire season.

Check out this fire and smoke map for updates on current wildfires. Our private guides will help tailor your national park experience to your interests and abilities, all while keeping both you and the environment safe! Join us for an adventure!