campfires where they won't spread. Choose sites that are
free from overhanging limbs or nearby
slopes, rotten stumps, old
logs and brambles, or dry grass and
campfires small and do not let them get out of hand.
not stack firewood near where you intend to build your fire.
plenty of water and shovel nearby to douse the flames if the fire gets
out of control.
sure your match is out after you have lit a fire. Douse it to be
leave a campfire unattended.
the fire with water when you are through with it. Stir it and
drown it again. If you cannot afford to use water, use dirt instead.
you cook with charcoal briquettes, be sure they are completely dead when
you are done with them. Drown them, stir and drown them again.
let lanterns, stoves, and heaters cool down completely
before refueling them. Carefully follow
instructions for use, especially
regarding adequate ventilation.
Outdoor burning, such as a bonfire or camp fire is
prohibited without a permit in New Jersey.
Permits may be obtained from the New Jersey
State Forest Fire Service by calling 973-827-6100.
District Fire Warden for the Township of West Milford is Kevin
Drake. Our section Warden is DeMott Post.
above photographs were taken April 7, 2000 at a brush fire which
occurred on Route 23 in the woods near Garick RV. The fire was
controlled and suppressed by the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service.
Last modified: Saturday, December 13, 2003
Tips for Your Camping Trip
Whether you're roughing it in a
tent or planning a family outing, there are
many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Consider
the following safety tips:
a first aid kit. Your kit can prove invaluable if you or a
member of your group suffers a cut, bee sting or allergic
reaction. Pack antiseptics for cuts and scrapes, tweezers,
insect repellent, bug spray, a snake bite kit, pain relievers,
emergency supplies. In addition to a first aid kit, this
includes: a map, compass, flashlight, knife, waterproof fire
starter, personal shelter, whistle, warm clothing, high energy
food, water, and insect protection.
you leave, find out the weather report. When you arrive at the
site, watch the skies for changes and carry a compact weather
radio. In inclement weather, find shelter until the worse
passes. Stay dry - wet clothes contribute to heat loss. Also,
keep sleeping bags and important gear, dry at all times.
for potential hazards. Be sure to check the site thoroughly
for glass, sharp objects, branches, large ant beds, poison
ivy, bees, and hazardous terrain.
areas of natural hazards. Check the contour of the land and
look for potential trouble due to rain. Areas that could flood
or become extremely muddy can pose a problem.
the site. Look for a level site with enough room to spread out
all your gear. Also, a site that has trees or shrubs on the
side of prevailing winds will help block strong, unexpected
your tent in a safe spot. Make sure your tent is made of a
flame-retardant fabric, and set up far enough away from the
campfire. Keep insects out of your tent by closing the
entrance quickly when entering or leaving.
cautious when using a propane stove. Read the instructions
that come with the stove and propane cylinder. Use the stove
as a cooking appliance only - never leave it unattended while