Cal Fire urges campers to be extra careful with flame

The Fresno BeeMay 23, 2014 

The unofficial start of summer in California is coming with a cautionary note from fire officials due to tinder-dry conditions in state recreation areas.

Mindful of wildfires that recently devastated 27,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes in Southern California, Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, is calling on people to be extra vigilant in preventing wildfires.

The agency issued guidelines for campers that include:

-- Check local fire conditions

-- Get a fire permit online

-- Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of the camping area

-- Make sure children play near or start campfires

-- Ensure all campfires are out

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