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updated: 8/27/2012 4:42 PM

Fire officials offer safety tips for campfires

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  • Don't try to make s'mores on a campfire when it's windy. The drought has created a greater risk of brush fires.

      Don't try to make s'mores on a campfire when it's windy. The drought has created a greater risk of brush fires.
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SPRINGFIELD -- State officials are reminding campers to practice fire safety, especially with the severe drought conditions in Illinois.

Officials with the Office of the State Fire Marshal say that with the drought there's greater danger for brush fires.

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There were 212 uncontrolled campsite fires reported between 2005 and 2012, and authorities say they could have been avoided.

Their safety tips include avoiding building fires in windy conditions, not using gasoline or other substances that could cause explosions and never leaving a campfire or grill unattended.

Officials also recommend ensuring that all fires are completely extinguished before going to sleep and keeping a pail of sand or water nearby.

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