The fact only a quarter of Victorian national park users know campfires have to be extinguished with water is a ‘deep concern’ for CFA District 15 operations manager Brett Boatman.
In a survey conducted by Parks Victoria, 1000 Victorians were asked whether a campfire should be put out with water or covered with soil or sand, with 74 per cent selecting the latter, incorrect answer.
“We want a shift in behaviour,” Mr Boatman said.
“We need people to be prepared and to know exactly what they are doing so their small camp fire doesn’t become a major issue for the rest of the community.
“We are all about harm minimisation.”
The campfire site should be cool to touch before being left unattended.
As the state's temperatures remain high for another week, rangers have been targeting popular campsites, reminding visitors of their responsibilities.
The survey also found only about half of park users know where and when they are allowed to light a campfire – only in designated fireplaces and not on total fire ban days.
“The regulations are clear on what fires you can have during the fire danger period.
“You can have a small fire for warmth and for cooking, but after you are done you need to make sure the area is safe for the next person.”
In November last year it took a combined effort from the CFA and Forest Fire Victoria to control a fire as it burned through 10 hectares of state forest land.
Two fire-bombing aircrafts were brought in from Stawell, dumping water at the head of the blaze to help assist crews.
It is believed the blaze was caused by incorrectly extinguished campfire.