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Campfire Safety Coachella CA

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? To know how to build a campfire at a campsite, is one of the most important parts of camping. Here are helpful suggestions on how to do it along with some delicious recipes.

Salton Sea MHP & RV Park
(760) 394-4333
Salton City, CA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pool, Hot Tub, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes

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Shadow Hills RV Resort*
(760) 360-4040
40-655 Jefferson
Indio, CA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Patios, Laundry, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Golf Nearby

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Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Spring)
(760) 367-5500
Indio, CA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Thousand Trails-Palm Springs
(760) 345-2236
Palm Desert, CA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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McCall Memorial Park (Riverside County)*
(951) 659-2311
28500 McCall Park Rd
Mountain Center, CA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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Oasis Palms RV Park
(760) 397-1011
Thermal, CA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Storage, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Hot Tub, Horseshoes, Tennis

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Lake Cahuilla Recreation (Riverside County)*
(760) 564-4712
58-075 Jefferson St
La Quinta, CA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pool, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Emerald Desert Golf & RV Resort - Sunland*
(866) 225-4982
76-000 Frank Sinatra Dr
Palm Desert, CA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Storage, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Salton Sea State Recreation Area
(760) 393-3059
Mecca, CA
Campground Availability
1-Jan thru 14-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Rec Hall, Lake Swimming, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Lake Hemet Campground*
(951) 659-2680
56570 Hwy 74
Mountain Center, CA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball

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How to Build a Campfire and Cook Delicious Treats on It


By Maxye Henry

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? Have a cookout or a sing-along at the campsite, tell stories and roast marshmallows or other treats. These tips will help keep you safe and cozy.

pot cooking over campfire

1. Know the Rules


Though it may be tempting to build a campfire where one is not permitted, camping rules and regulations were created for one reason: To keep you safe. Call ahead to make sure that campfires will be permitted where you want to stay. If not, and if having a campfire is important to you, you might want to find another park.

Keep in mind that fire rules can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions. If a park posts "No open fires due to dry or windy conditions," always be sure to comply for the safety of all.

2. Use Designated Fire Pits


If campfires are permitted, use the area that has been designated. These areas were chosen for a good reason (a good windbreak, good brush clearance, etc.). If there is not a formal fire area, make sure that your fire ring is surrounded by a circle of rocks large enough to keep wood and kindling contained so it won’t blow or tumble over the sides.

3. Clear Area of All Debris


Make sure there are no extraneous twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammables within several feet of your campfire. And don't forget to look up. Overhanging branches should be avoided.

4. Use the Right Wood


Different kinds of wood are needed to make a great campfire. Start by gathering a supply of all three:
∗ Tinder — small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass that will ignite easily will help get your fire going. (Never use flammable liquids to start a fire!)
∗ Kindling, or small sticks one-inch in diameter or less, go on next. Make sure to let your kindling get burning well.
∗ Fuel, or larger pieces of dry wood that will burn for longer periods of time.

Be sure to stack your wood in separate piles, well away from the fire area. Never pull branches off trees or cut living vegetation.

5. Don't Over-Build


Campfires can easily get away from you. Keep your campfire well within the borders of the pit, and keep it small to avoid sparking. You can always snuggle up to the fire (or each other) to keep warm.

6. Be Ready to Put it Out


Be sure to have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, nearby.

7. Be Safe


Enjoy your campfire, but be safe. Make sure an adult is present at all times, and discourage running or horseplay near a campfire.

8. Douse, Dredge and Dig


Before leaving the campsite, make sure that your campfire is completely out-and that means doing more than just dousing it with water once or twice. Douse with water, dredge up the fire to unc...

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