Did you know that 9 out of 10 fires are caused by human activities? Learn how you can help prevent wildfires when you go camping or hiking in natural areas.
Remember that in Baja California the fire season is between March and November, the most critical months are June, July, August and September.
We live in a semi-arid area with grasslands, which increases the chances of a fire spreading. And during the summer, in wooded areas there are usually thunderstorms, which are the main causes of natural fires.
Tips to help prevent forest fires
- Plan ahead and research the rules of the place you will visit and follow all the recommendations of the park rangers. In some places you can bring your own firewood and in others you cannot, there are also places where campfires are not allowed.
- Use a camp stove if you have one, it will have less impact on the place you visit and there is less risk of starting a fire.
- Don’t burn garbage in the campfire! It will generate toxins that are harmful to your health.
- Make fires only if necessary and in the areas designated as fire pits and barbecues.
- Before lighting a fire, check the space and the weather conditions. Don’t light fires during unfavorable weather conditions, such as very high winds, dry season or fire danger alerts.
- Use small pieces of wood. Keep the fire small and always keep an eye on the campfire.
- Before you leave make sure the fire is completely extinguished, if necessary use water, earth or sand to put it out completely.
- Your safety comes first, in case you see a wildfire notify the corresponding authorities by calling 911.