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Enjoy your campfire safely this summer

July 23, 2021

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue is reminding residents and visitors to keep these safety tips in mind this summer when enjoying a campfire.

Building and Maintaining a Campfire

  • Build the fire on bare soil or rock in a location sheltered from the wind, if possible.
  • Make sure the fire is a safe distance from all flammable material, including overhanging branches.
  • Keep the fire small and tend it at all times.

Extinguishing a Campfire

  • Put out all fires when you are done.
  • Use the “drown, stir and feel” method when putting out the fire.
  • Drown the fire with water.
  • Stir around the fire area with your shovel to wet any remaining embers and ash.
  • Be sure to turn wood and coals over and wet all sides. Move some dirt onto the fire site and mix thoroughly to fully smother it.
  • Finally, feel the area with the back of your hand to ensure nothing is still smoldering.

Please be considerate of your neighbours and surroundings when having outdoor fires. To have a fire in Prince Edward County, you must have a current permit and activate it every day that you are having a fire. Click here to learn more about the burn permit system.

For more information, contact the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 or

Please note: The County of Prince Edward provides this information as a service to the general public. While we do our best to provide accurate information, construction projects and associated service disruptions are subject to change based on weather, road, traffic, and other uncontrollable conditions.

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