Campfires are nice to have but can quickly get out of control if you are not aware of basic campfire safety rules.
- NEVER LEAVE A CAMPFIRE UNATTENDED
- Have your campfire properly contained using a metal or stone ring
- Have a source of water or shovel readily available incase the fire starts to get out of control
- Make sure your fire ring is not close to the palmettos or other brush. Fire rings should be in an open area with no overgrown vegetation.
- Pay attention to the fire advisory station at the front gate. If it is on high alert it is advisable not to have a campfire at all. If there is a fire ban it is also illegal to have a campfire due to the dry conditions. These conditions would make it optimal for a large fire to start and once started they can sometimes be difficult to put out.
- Do not place your generator in the palmettos and try running it. This is especially true during the dry season where the heat from the generator has the potential to start the palmettos on fire.
- If a campfire does become out of control, immediately call the front gate at 863-692-9807
Below is a video about how to properly put out campfires. Time a few moments to watch this video. No one would like to loose their camps or other property due to someone else's negligence.
Important Fire Safety Notice
WHEN LEAVING YOU CAMP PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CAMP FIRE IS COMPLETELY OUT!! FOR A CAMP FIRE TO BE COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO HOT EMBERS IN THE FIRE. THE BEST THING TO DO WOULD BE TO POUR WATER ON THE FIRE UNTIL THE EMBERS ARE COMPLETELY COOLED.
ALSO, IF YOU SEE ONE OF THE CLUB'S FIRE TRUCKS PLEASE MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. THE VOLUNTEERS THAT FIGHT THESE FIRES AND FORESTRY NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET TO THESE FIRES WITHOUT HAVING PEOPLE BLOCKING THEIR WAY. IT IS VERY EASY FOR THESE FIRES TO GET OUT OF CONTROL QUICKLY. A FIRE IN THE CAMP AREA COULD BE VERY COSTLY TO MANY MEMBERS AND WE WOULD HATE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE OF A FEW PEOPLE'S CARELESSNESS. IF YOU DO SEE A FIRE PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GO LOOK AT IT UNLESS YOU PLAN ON HELPING. GOING TO CHECKOUT A FIRE AND LEAVING YOUR VEHICLES PARKED IN THE TRAIL MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THOSE THAT ARE TRYING TO FIGHT THE FIRE.
HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE CLUB'S FIRE TRUCKS, IF YOU SEE THEM COMING DOWN MAIN GRADE OR DOWN ANY OF THE TRAILS PLEASE MAKE SURE TO QUICKLY GET OUT THE WAY SO THAT THE VOLUNTEERS CAN DO THEIR JOBS.