Although the burn ban has been lifted for McCurtain County, there are still 55 counties in Oklahoma where the burn ban is still in effect.
Please be careful when lighting fires, whether it is for cooking out in a contained grill, or building a fire in your cabin's firepit area. Fires can always create a dangerous situation and should be monitored closely.
The following tips for maintaining and extinguishing a campfire are provided by SmokeyBear.com (http://www.smokeybear.com/put-out-campfire.asp).
Maintaining Your Campfire
- Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily
- Keep your fire to a manageable size
- Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
- Never leave your campfire unattended
- Never cut live trees or branches from live trees
Extinguishing Your Campfire
- Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
- Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
- Pour until hissing sound stops
- Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
- Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
- Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
- If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
- If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave!
- Don't burn dangerous things!
- never burn aerosol cans or pressurized containers. They may explode.
- never put glass in the fire pit. Glass does not melt away, it only heats up and shatters. Broken slivers of glass are dangerous.
- aluminum cans do not burn. In fact, the aluminum only breaks down into smaller pieces. Inhaling aluminum dust can be harmful to your lungs.