Obtain necessary campfire permits, check for any local fire restrictions in the area, and ensure your fire is fully extinguished before leaving the site.
How to prevent wildfires in California
Learn how to prevent wildfire when using outdoor equipment, burning debris, camping, and more.
Nearly every wildfire in California is caused by human activities. This is why fire agencies need your help to prevent them.
Be proactive and prevent wildfires in California
Whether it’s making sure a campfire or landscape debris burn is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.
CAL FIRE has facilitated the removal of 500,000 dead trees in high-risk areas, offering assistance and advice to landowners for tree removal and reforestation.
Fireworks spark fires. Check your local laws and ordinances to find out if fireworks are legal where you live, or if certain “Safe and Sane” fireworks are permitted.
Access grants for projects like reforestation that help landowners prevent wildfires. State and federal programs support initiatives aligned with California’s environmental and public health goals.
Use equipment and vehicles responsibly in wildland areas to prevent wildfires. Ensure defensible space, and remember, safe driving and equipment use can significantly reduce fire risks.
Practice target shooting safely to avoid wildfires. Choose non-flammable areas, use safe ammunition and targets, and always be prepared to extinguish a fire if one starts.
*95-97% of all wildfires in California are caused by human sources – Built to Burn report