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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with backyard campfires this fall.

All campfires should be:

  • Clear of any combustible material 5 feet in all directions around the fire.
  • Contained within a designated fire ring. To build one, scoop out a depression in the center of a cleared area and arrange a ring of rocks around it.
  • 3 feet or less in diameter and 3 feet or less in height.
  • Legal—check if the local municipality requires a permit.

Additionally, it’s important to select a safe place for a campfire. Choose a level area not near dry grass, shrubs or logs, and free of overhanging branches. Always have a shovel and water available to extinguish a fire. Watch the fire at all times — even a light breeze can cause the it to spread. Finally, extinguish fires with water or dirt, and stir the embers repeatedly until every ember is out cold.

Learn more on the Smokey Bear website at