Minimise the Effects of Fire

Campfires have been a part of the outdoors for a long time, however the legacy of campfires and barbeques too often are charred park benches and rocks, large rubbish-filled fire rings, damaged trees and uncontrolled wildfires. Fires can cause lasting impacts and be devastating to forests, natural habitats and farmland.

Research and follow local fire regulations and rules. Where fires are permitted and appropriate, use techniques to reduce your impact on the land and avoid leaving unsightly and ecologically damaging fire scars by placing your disposable bbq on sand or elevating it off the grass to avoid burning the ground below.

When camping, instead of building your own fire, use established fire rings, fire grates, fire pans or mound fires, or a lightweight stove for cooking. Be sure to keep your campfire small and under control.

For firewood, use small sticks from the ground and these can be broken by hand. Do not use growing vegetation for use as firewood. Burn all wood and coals to ash put out the campfire completely and scatter the cool ashes. A little bit of effort can go along way in preventing campfire impacts.


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