How To Camp When Camping Fire Restrictions Are Activated

Camping With Fire Restrictions - Fire Restrictions Explained - Easy Tips - Propane Camping Stove Recipes - Approved Gear - Camping For Foodies .com

Blue skies and tall pines are two key components of the perfect camping experience. Unfortunately, too many rainless days can create camping fire restrictions on public lands. Don’t worry, with a few easy tips, you won’t miss a beat on your dispersed camp trip! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.


Stages Of Camping Fire Restrictions

There are Stage 1 restrictions and Stage 2 restrictions.  There is no such thing as Stage 3 restrictions; when things get this bad, the forests just get shut down.

This fire restriction chart by the National Interagency Fire Center is useful quick-glance information.

National Interagency Fire Center Fire Restrictions Chart For Camping

Here’s a link to the National Interagency Fire Center Fire Restrictions Chart.


Camping In National Forests - Camping For Foodies .comWe love going dispersed Camping In National Forests. If Stage 1 Restrictions are in place, we adjust our menu as well as some of our favorite camping activities. For example, the use of charcoal grills and campfires are not allowed, but propane gas-fueled devices are permitted. Here are some tips.

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Camping Fire Restrictions Explained

How To Camp When Camping Fire Restrictions Are Activated - Dispersed Camping Tip - Use propane fuel sources with the ability to instantly turn off the flame - Camping For Foodies .com

This is a really informative video from our friends at the U.S. Forest Service.


Camping Recipes During Camping Fire Restrictions

Camping Recipes That Can Be Made With Propane Camp Stoves

 Bacon Avocado Breakfast Wraps Grilled Veggie And Black Bean Tortilla Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Sauce Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Rosemary Spiced Nuts Red White & Blue Topped Pound Cake

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 Coleman Fold N Go(TM) InstaStart(TM) 2-Burner Propane Stove

My favorite tool for cooking during times of camping fire restrictions is my Fold-N-Go 2-Burner Propane Stove. I’ve used this thing for years and love it! It has a push-button ignition for matchless lighting and it folds into a super convenient package for storage and transportation. I like that I can use a big griddle or cast iron skillet on this stove because it has no wind guards but that also means cooking in windy conditions gets a little more challenging. You can get a carry case too!

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Coleman Eventemp 3 Burner Propane Stove for camping with fire restrictions using approved gearColeman Eventemp 3 Burner Propane Stove

If you want a more traditional camp stove with wind guards, this 3 Burner Propane Stove is awesome because you can cook with 3 smaller pans, 2 larger pans or even 1 griddle/grill pan. When cooking things like pancakes on a cast iron griddle, there is no “cold spot” in the center with this stove because the third burner is a bridge between the two standard burners. You can get a carry case too!

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 Retro RV Camper Trailer Design Flexible Cutting Mats

If you like fun camping kitchen equipment, you might want to add these Retro RV Camper Trailer Design Flexible Cutting Mats to your gear!

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Dutch Oven Recipes That Can Be Made With Propane Camp Stoves
As much as we love using our Dutch ovens in campfires and with charcoal, fire restrictions don’t allow us to do that. Here are good Dutch oven recipes for camping during times of camping fire restrictions using your propane camp stove as the heat source. See all of my Camping Recipes!

 Dutch Oven Drunken Meatballs Over Spaghetti Dutch Oven Hot Italian Sausage Soup Recipe Dutch Oven Chili Camping Recipe

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Camping Recipes That Can Be Made With Propane Grills
 Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE

A Propane Portable Grill is a great tool to cook awesome meals while dispersed camping during times of camping fire restrictions. It has a push-button ignition for matchless lighting and it was specifically designed for easy transportation. It folds to a compact size and has a handle and wheels too. You can get a wheeled carry case too!

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 Easy Chicken Alfredo Pizza Recipe Soy And Garlic Grilled Halibut Fillet Grilled Flatbread With Prosciutto And Basil

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Lights And Campfires During Camping Fire Restrictions
 Texsport Double 2 Mantle Propane Lantern with Matchless Push Button Ignition

A Propane Lantern is also approved to use during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. It has an electronic ignition system meaning no matches are needed to light it. It will run up to 6 hours on a single propane canister.

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 Outland Firebowl Portable Propane Fire Pit

I have to admit, the worst part of camping during times of camping fire restrictions is not having campfires. I love starting them, cooking over them and just being entertained by their dancing flames. It’s part of my unplugging/relaxation time while camping. I don’t think there is any really good substitute for the real thing but you can come close with a Portable Propane Fire Pit which is allowed during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. You can get a carry bag too!

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Know The Boundaries Of Public Lands

Arizona Benchmark Road; Recreation Atlas for dispersed camping, remote camping, boondocking during times of camping fire restrictionsArizona Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas

One of my favorite resources for information about areas approved for dispersed camping is my Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas. It contains maps of public lands including backcountry roads, trailheads, campgrounds, RV parks, golf, boating and points of interest. It is especially helpful in times of camping fire restrictions because each National Forest has its own jurisdiction so you need to know the location of the boundaries.

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Fire Restriction Stages Explained by USDS United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Coconino National Forest does a great job explaining the differences in Stage Restrictions.

Meet my friend, INCIWEB!

This Incident Information System is fantastic for camping information

There is information on:

  1. Incidents
  2. Announcements
  3. Closures
  4. News
  5. Photographs
  6. Maps

As their fact sheet says:

“InciWeb is a real-time searchable website that has become a “go-to” source for public and media seeking the most current official information about emergency response to incidents such as:

  • Wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters
  • Oil spills and other hazmat and human-caused accidents
  • Avian flu and other public health crises

as well as planned incidents affecting the public, such as:

  • prescribed fires
  • burned area rehabilitation

The site currently offers automatic Twitter and GoogleEarth feeds, as well as RSS feeds for immediate notification of new incident information.”

You can download the InciWeb fact sheet here.


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Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

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