Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park: An Unique Camping Experience in Las Vegas

Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park: An Unique Camping Experience in Las Vegas

Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park – An Unique Camping Experience in Las Vegas

One of our favorite places to camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, is next to a shooting range. Have we lost our mind?

Well, maybe

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The Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park is one of only a few locations in Nevada where visitors can shoot target practice. So if you’re looking for an outdoor activity while you’re in town, this RV park definitely has you covered!


How Did the Clark County Shooting Complex Rv Park Come to Be?

The Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The RV park has been around since the 1990s and was originally a public shooting range. The name of the complex comes from the Clark County Shooting Range which it replaced in 2000 when it became an RV park and shooting range for tourists. It is unclear when exactly the RV park was established or why it became associated with shooting games in particular.

What are the unique features of Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park that make it stand out from other campgrounds in Las Vegas?

Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park is a unique campground that offers a variety of activities and services that are not available at other campgrounds in Las Vegas. For example, the park has an archery range, a shooting range, sporting clays and trap venues available. In addition, the Clark County Department of Parks and Recreation manages the park, which means visitors can expect high-quality service and facilities.

What should campers expect when they stay at Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park?

Campers who stay at the Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park can expect to have a unique camping experience. The campground offers water and electric hookups, which is a rarity for Las Vegas. In addition, there is a day maximum stay of only 14 days. This ensures that campers will have the opportunity to explore all that Las Vegas has to offer.

The drive-through sites are big rig friendly, so there is no need to worry about maneuvering your RV into a tight spot. The campgrounds are also located 20 miles from Las Vegas, so visitors will be able to enjoy all the attractions and excitement that the city has to offer.

The Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park is pet-friendly, so guests are welcome to bring their furry friends along with them during their stay. There is also a dump station on site for those who need it. The Petro Stopping Center near the campground is open 24 hours a day and offers gas and diesel fuel services.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park is one of only a few locations in Nevada where visitors can shoot target practice. So if you’re looking for an outdoor activity while you’re in town, this park definitely has you covered!

Clark County Shooting Complex RV Park

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11357 N Decatur Blvd
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CURIOUS DORA: The Borscht Belt – A History of the Jewish Vacationland

CURIOUS DORA: The Borscht Belt – A History of the Jewish Vacationland

Photo: Concord Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, New York – Wikipedia

The Borscht Belt: A History of the Jewish Vacationland

What Is the Borscht Belt?

Granit Hotel Country Club Kerhonkson New York Wikipedia

The Borscht Belt was a region in the Catskill Mountains where many Jewish immigrants settled and started businesses due to its religious tolerance and lack of anti-Semitism. The Catskill hotels served as a place for people to go on their vacations during the summertime and would often serve food that was like what they had at home: such as bagels, pickles, lox, matzo ball soup, blintzes etc.

(Photo: Granit Hotel & Country Club, Kerhonkson, NY-Wikipedia)

The Borscht Belt became very popular in the late 1920s with resorts such as Grossinger’s attracting celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx.* The Borscht Belt was eventually abandoned after many Jews moved away from cities looking for new opportunities.

While it is commonly thought that there are no longer any hotels left in the Catskill Mountain region, there are ruins of one resort still standing: Grossinger’s Resort Hotel, which opened on July 4th, 1925 and closed down on November 30th, 2010 after being sold to new owners.

History of The Borscht Belt

The Borscht Belt began in the late 1800s and peaked in popularity during the 1920s. In recent years, many hotel owners have had to close their doors due to competition from new hotels and new technology. The disappearance of the Borscht Belt can be attributed to a variety of different factors: changing tastes, competition from eCommerce companies like Amazon, improved travel options such as Uber/Lyft/Rideshares, etc.

The Borscht Belt was primarily a place for Jews from Eastern Europe, who came to be entertained and find their own type of leisure there. Tourists came to the Borscht Belt for work, as well as entertainment and leisure.

Grossingers ping pong Liberty New York Wikipedia

The Borscht Belt was a rural area in the United States, which became popular among Jewish farmers and their socialist communities. The “back-to-the-earth communes” as well as political discussions and readings were common activities at some Borscht Belt settlements.

The popularity of the Borscht Belt declined through the 1980s and 1990s, but has seen a resurgence in recent years.

(Photo: Grossinger’s Ping Pong, Liberty, New York – Wikipedia)

The Borscht Belt in Popular Culture

Jews were initially denied access to many resorts due to anti-Semitism before farmers started offering their places as Jewish boarding houses and hotels serving kosher food. The Workmen’s Circle and unions opened resorts in the Catskills to provide respite for workers who were excluded from other areas due to anti-Semitism. The Borscht Belt became a destination of choice by the 1950s thanks to increased economic growth during and after World War II. The development of the entertainment industry allowed for an increase in revenue, allowing it to grow even further throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

While not everyone remembers the specifics of what happened in the Catskills during the height of its popularity, many people know it was once a hugely popular resort area for Jewish people thanks in part to comedians like Jerry Seinfeld who have made references to it over the years. On an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry and George try to come up with a list of new jokes for their stand-up act. One of the jokes they develop is about how there are no more Jewish resorts because “the Borscht Belt dried up.”

The Borscht Belt in Comedy

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The humor of the region is known for being rapid-fire and self-deprecating. Typical themes include bad luck and puns. Physical ailments relating to bowels and cramping are also common topics of jokes. The Catskills became a mecca for Jewish comedians and resorts, who found humor in their own culture and lifestyle.

(Photo: Nevele Lobby, Ellenville, New York-Wikipedia)

One of the most famous comedians from the Borscht Belt is Rodney Dangerfield. He got his start at resorts in upstate New York and eventually became one of America’s most beloved comics. His signature line “I don’t get no respect” is still quoted today. His book “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs” pays tribute to this era of comedy.

Why Did the Borscht Belt Decline?

The area’s popularity began to decline in the 1950s due to a decrease in rail service, an increase in air travel, the rise of new leisure destinations and the increasing affordability of hotels. Additionally, anti-Semitism decreased after World War II, so Jews could go to different places for vacationing purposes. Today, many of these resorts have been abandoned and are now home to ghosts and various other paranormal activities.

* Notable Performers (From Wikipedia)

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Blues In Clarksdale MS: Are You a Blues Fan? Clarksdale, MS Should Be at The Top of Your Blues Bucket List

Blues In Clarksdale MS: Are You a Blues Fan? Clarksdale, MS Should Be at The Top of Your Blues Bucket List

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Clarksdale, Mississippi is known as the birthplace of the blues. Clarksdale has a rich history and culture that is evident in its music, art, and the town’s ambience.

Blues In Clarksdale MS: A Blues Concert 365 Days a Year

Clarksdale is the birthplace of the blues where live music can be enjoyed most every day. The blues calendar includes everything from small bars to large festivals. It’s no wonder that the birthplace of the blues should have such an active calendar of live music. This Mississippi town offers something for everyone and is worth a visit whether you’re a fan of the blues or not.

Clarksdale, MS is the home of many blues greats that left a lasting impact on American music. Beginning with Son House in the 1930’s, Clarksdale has been a fertile ground for blues musicians. Many other blues greats featured are John Lee Hooker, Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Eddie Boyd and Sam Cook.

Blues Festivals

Clarksdale has a number of annual festivals and it is home to some of the best blues festivals in the nation. The Sunflower River and Blues and Gospel Festival is one notable festival, while Juke Joint Festival focuses on live music from local musicians. The Juke Joint Festival typically occurs in April while the Sunflower River and Blues and Gospel Festival is always in August and the Deep Blues Fest is in October.

For more information on the festivals…

Explore Music Venues

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Clarksdale, MS is well known for its bar and nightclub scene. In fact, some have ranked it among America’s best 100 bars and nightclubs. If nightlife is what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed in Clarksdale.

Blues events on Tuesdays are at Bluesberry Cafe and Hambone Gallery. Wednesdays include a Sean “Bad” Apple show, plus Anthony “Big A” Sherrod and friends at the Hambone Gallery. The public is encouraged to come out for the shows in Clarksdale, as it’s a great time to get acquainted with local artists and musicians.

NOTE: Schedule times and band changes frequently happen-please check with the venues listed for the latest information on upcoming shows before going to the establishment.

Ground Zero Blues Club

Ground Zero

Ground Zero Blues Club is a music venue located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The club is owned by Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett, who are both natives of the area. The club was founded in 2001 with the goal of preserving blues music and promoting it to a new generation of fans. The night time is the right time for Mississippi Delta music at Ground Zero, and Clarksdale, MS should be at the top of your blues bucket list.

Wednesday nights host music at 8pm, Thursday-Saturday attract live music from 9pm-2am on Fridays and Saturdays. The kitchen will serve lunch Tues-Sat and dinner Wed-Sat in the evenings.

Website | Facebook | 387 Delta Ave, Clarksdale, MS 38614 | (662) 621-9009

Bluesberry Cafe

The Bluesberry Cafe is one of the top music venues in the area and has been hosting live music for decades. The venue started in 1978 and has continued to grow ever since. The venue is small and intimate which can be an issue when they host bands that have a large fan base, but it also makes for an intimate experience for the blues fans. The Bluesberry Cafe is located in Clarksdale, MS which is about an hour and a half drive from Memphis, TN. This makes it a great weekend trip for music lovers who want to hear some great music.

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The New Roxy

The New Roxy is an open-air music venue in Clarksdale, MS. It hosts events primarily during festival times in April, August, and October. (The New Roxy has a roof, but the main audience area is open air). The New Roxy hosts events primarily during festival times in April, August, and October. Find out about upcoming events on their Facebook page.

Website | 363 Issaquena Avenue, Clarksdale MS 38614 |

Red’s Lounge Blues Joint

Red’s Lounge is a blues joint in Clarksdale, MS. The venue is an old juke house that has been around since the 1970s. It opens on Wednesdays and live music begins at 8pm. On Friday and Saturday, the music starts at 9pm, and on Sunday it begins at 7pm. As with most blues joints, you can expect to pay a cover charge when you enter the establishment. (And it is a cash-only establishment). If you’re looking for some good ole’ blues in an authentic juke joint, Red’s is the place for you!

Website | 398 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale, MS 38614 | (662) 627-3166

Stan Street’s Hambone Art Gallery

Stan Street’s Hambone Art Gallery is a unique and welcoming space for artists, musicians, and storytellers. It is open daily from 11am until 5pm, with special evening events happening occasionally. The Hambone has been an important part of the Clarksdale community for many years and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Stan Street’s Hambone Art Gallery is a must-see for blues fans visiting Clarksdale, MS. The gallery is open weekly, seven days a week and features the work of local artist Stan Street. Street is a self-taught painter who was heavily influenced by the blues music he grew up listening to in Florida. His portraits of Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson are stunning and showcase his talent for capturing movement and color.

| Facebook | 111 E 2nd St, Clarksdale, MS 38614 | (662) 253-5586

Shack Up Inn

The Shack Up Inn is a short term rental for travelers. It offers guests the opportunity to stay with the property for an overnight or longer to conduct historical business in the Delta region. The Shack also offers live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm during dinner time. The Shack Up Inn also has live music during festivals. Note that they have a “No Children policy.” For more information, see their website.

| Website | 001 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale, MS 38614 | (662) 624-8329 |

Things to Do in Clarksdale

But there’s more to this town than just great nightlife options. There are also plenty of things to do during the day. Check out The Delta Blues Museum, where you can learn about the history of the blues and the artists who made it famous. Or visit the Delta Blues Alley Cat Cafe, which is dedicated to promoting and preserving blues music. And if you’re looking for a little bit of everything, head over to The Crossroads, where you can find shopping, dining, and entertainment all in one place.

Experience the Crossroads

Crossroads Highway Sign

The Crossroads is referred to as a place where Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil. Robert Johnson was not a skilled guitarist before he met a strange man who played his guitar better than anyone else. After meeting the man, Johnson developed skills with both his guitar playing and harmonica playing. He wrote the song “Me and the Devil Blues” about his time at The Crossroads. There’s no evidence of Johnson ever actually visiting The Crossroads, but rumors persist he did.

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art (D. Saparow)

Roger Stolle, the proprietor of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, came to Clarksdale in 2002. The shop organizes and promotes blues music by hosting live performances and live recordings from local artists.

Richard Stolle has been living in Clarksdale for several years now and enjoys it immensely. Clarksdale was chosen as a location to “circle the wagons” in regards to Delta blues, with a goal of helping it survive and thrive into the future.

| Website | Facebook | 252 Delta Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614 | 662-624-5992 

Museums & Galleries in Clarksdale

The Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum, and it’s chock-full of fascinating artifacts, like old costumes and instruments. Situated in the historic freight depot, the Delta Blues Museum was established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and has been appointed a Mississippi Landmark Property since 1996. Visitors will find many captivating exhibits here, like the History of the Blues Gallery and BB King’s Lucille guitar. You can also explore interactive displays that allow you to “play” different instruments or watch short films about blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

| Website | Facebook | 1 Blues Alley, PO Box 459, Clarksdale, MS 38614 | 662-627-6820

The Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum

The Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum is a historic site that houses four of the bedrooms that were once his home. Tennessee Williams lived with his grandparents in Clarksdale before he became famous. The museum exhibits a significant piece of history, being where Tom “Tennessee” Williams lived as a child after his grandparents moved there from Memphis.

| Website | 106 Sharkey Avenue | Clarksdale, MS | 38614 | Text: 646-465-1578 | OPEN BY APPOINTMENT

The Carnegie Public Library Archeology Collection

The Carnegie Public Library Archeology Collection is a collection of pottery shards, tools and other artifacts from Mississippian mound sites excavated by Clarence Bloomfield Moore between 1900-1902. The library’s purpose is to provide opportunities for information and education. The Clarksdale Library provides a range of services and materials to the people in their community, as well as the region.

| Website | Facebook | 114 Delta Avenue Clarksdale, MS 38614 | 662-624-4461

Places to Eat in Clarksdale

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Places to Stay in Clarksdale

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RV Parks

RV Parks in Clarksdale, Mississippi

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RV Full Time Living: Pros and Cons of Full Time Living in a RV

RV Full Time Living: Pros and Cons of Full Time Living in a RV

The idea of living in an RV full time is becoming more and more popular these days. There are a lot of benefits to this lifestyle such as freedom, mobility, and the affordability.

What Is RV Full Time Living?

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RV full time living is a lifestyle choice that many people make for one reason or another. It could be for saving money, retirement, being able to go where they want when they want, or a combination of all three. The choice to live full time in a RV is not an easy one and there are many things that need to be considered before making the leap into this lifestyle. This article will explore some of the reasons people are choosing to live in an RV full time and how they make their full time living lifestyle work.

How to Decide if RV Full Time Living Is for You?

Living in an RV full time can be a great way to see the country and have freedom, but it’s not for everyone. The first step is figuring out if you even want to live full time in an RV.

There are three options: camping on private property, camping on public land, (e.g. boondocking) or living in a campground. Each of these options has its own challenges and benefits, so it’s important to consider them before deciding which option is best for you. For example, if you need to be near electrical hookups and water sources all the time, then living in a campground may not be the best choice. Or if you want to spend every night under the stars, camping on public land, (boondocking) might be more your style.

Once you’ve decided which option is best for you, there are still some key factors to consider before making the leap into full time RV living. How often will you be off the grid? Do you need access to amenities like showers and laundry facilities? How much privacy do you want? These are just a few of the things that will help determine what type of RVing is right for you.

What You Need to Know Before Starting RV Full Time Living

There are some things you need to know before making the leap. One of the most important is that you’ll need to have a good amount saved up, since RVs aren’t cheap. You’ll also need to drastically downsize your belongings, as there isn’t much storage space in an RV.

Starting a virtual business is a great way to achieve freedom. You can set your own hours and work from anywhere you want as long as you have an internet connection. The key is to do as much work as possible while spending only enough time on it that makes sense for the family. This will allow you to have more control over your life and spend more time with your loved ones.

Also, think about your lifestyle and whether it’s something that can adjust to living in close quarters with family or friends. If everyone involved is on board and ready for the change, then RV full time living can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Pros of RV Full Time Living

Your Home is Where You Park it
Your Home is Where You Park it
  • There are many pros to living full time in an RV. For starters, it can be a great way to reduce stress and live a more simple life. You’ll also find that traveling full time is a great way to maximize your time. Plus, living on the road is an excellent way to explore different cultures and experience new things firsthand.
  • One of the biggest advantages to living full time in an RV is that you don’t have to worry about maintaining a home or paying rent/mortgage. Most RVs are much cheaper than a house and a RV has all the amenities that most people need. They have a bathroom, kitchen, beds and storage areas. It is much cheaper to live in an RV than it is to rent or own a home. This can be a huge money saver for those who are living on a fixed income.
  • You’ll also have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. If you need to move somewhere quickly, or if you want to take an impromptu trip, you can do that with ease. And if you decide later on that you don’t like where you are, simply pack up and hit the road again. If you are boondocking, you don’t have to worry about making reservations or planning in advance. You can just go!
  • There are many places that are great for full time RV living. The best places are those that have warm weather and low cost of living. Florida, Texas, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona are all great choices for full time RV living.
  • You are more in touch with nature – Many people have been so busy working and living their lives that they forget about the natural beauty of the world around them. RV full time living allows you to see this beauty on a daily basis.
  • You can make new friends. RV full time living gives you the opportunity to meet people that are like minded and share your interests. This is an excellent way to make new friends.
  • You are more self reliant RV full time living allows you to be less dependent on the system and other people.

Cons of RV Full Time Living

It’s not all sunshine and roses when it comes to living full time in an RV.

  • On the con side, you have to get rid of most of your personal property. You can’t just take everything with you on the road, so you have to figure out what to do with it. You can keep it in storage, sell it, give it away or throw it away.
  • If you are traveling with others, you’ll lose some of your privacy—especially if you’re living in a small van or small RV.
  • You’ll also be away from family and friends. If you’re close to your family and friends, this can be an enormous drawback.
  • You’ll have to deal with the weather, which can be difficult if you live in an area that gets extreme winter weather or hot summers.
  • There is a sense of freedom that comes with RV living, but also a lack of stability and permanence.
  • Pets can be a big hassle. They require a lot of equipment, food, and toys.
  • You give up some of the comforts of home, like a consistent shower and stable internet connection.
  • It may be difficult to find places that allow overnight parking. In some areas, it is illegal to park overnight in certain places. If you are going to be traveling a lot, this could make life difficult for you.
  • Finding friends and community along our travels- something that’s not always easy when moving around constantly. But through online resources and by being proactive in your search, you’ll be able to find a great group of people that we now consider family.
  • You need to have a mailing address and driver’s license in one state, and you must pay taxes on your RV even if it’s your primary residence.

What Do Full Time RVers Use for An Address?

When living full time in an RV, you’ll need to have a permanent address. A mailing address is typically required for insurance, taxes, licensing, and other purposes. Many people choose to use a mail forwarding service. This is a service that will scan your mail for you and send it to a new address of your choice, without taking months to approve or rejecting you later on. This is the best way to maintain a domicile while living in an RV full time.

Check out this video for more details on what is involved in choosing a domicile:

How to Make the Most of Your RV Full Time Journey

Living in an RV full time can be a great experience. Here are a few tips:

  1. Make a budget and stick to it. This is especially important if you’re trying to save money while on the road.
  2. Find ways to make money while traveling. There are many opportunities for those who are willing to work hard – teaching English online, freelance writing and editing, offer website design, etc.
  3. Stay connected with friends and family back home. Technology makes this easier than ever before using Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.
  4. Explore your surroundings. Hit the beaches, go hiking or camping, visit museums and other tourist attractions—the possibilities are endless.

How Do I Save up To Pay Cash for An RV?

There are many ways to save up for a large purchase, like an RV. Here are some tips:

  1. Plan ahead and save up in advance of the time when you’ll need to buy your RV. This will help you avoid taking on a lot of debt.
  2. Make sure you have enough money for the RV and all of its maintenance costs, including gas, insurance, registration fees and repairs.
  3. Choose a smaller RV if you are on a budget. Smaller RVs cost less to buy and maintain, as well as being cheaper to insure.
  4. Look for used RVs if you can’t afford a new one. You can find used RVs at RV dealers, as well as through online classified ads or websites like Craigslist and eBay.
  5. Get the RV inspected by a professional before buying it, so that you know exactly what you are getting for your money.
  6. Buy an RV that is ready to use as soon as you buy it. This means buying a towable, van, or motorhome with everything included, like a bed, bathroom and kitchen equipment.
  7. Get the RV insured before you use it and make sure that the insurance covers any damage or theft.
  8. Get a copy of the RV’s manual, so that you know how everything works before you start using it.

Why Do People Quit Full Time RVing?

There are many reasons people quit RVing. One of the most common is that they don’t have a lot of money to start with, so it’s often difficult for them to afford a RV, gasoline and all of the other expenses that go along with full time RVing.

A lot of people who want to try RVing think they need to buy a big, expensive Class A motorhome. That’s not necessarily true. The cost of a large motorhome can be prohibitive, particularly for someone just starting out in RVing.

Rent an RV before you buy one. This will give you the opportunity to try out different types of RVs and see which ones are most comfortable for you. You’ll also get a sense of what kind of RV lifestyle is right for you.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of benefits to full time RV living. Some people enjoy the freedom and flexibility it offers, while others find it less stressful than traditional home life. However, there are also some disadvantages, such as reduced social interaction. If you are considering this type of lifestyle, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making any decisions.

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Camping With Wildfires: How To Stay Safe When Boondocking During Wildfire Season

Camping With Wildfires: How To Stay Safe When Boondocking During Wildfire Season

What Are Wildfires?

  • Wildfires are a natural disaster that can cause extensive damage to both lives and property.
  • They occur when the environment provides the right combination of heat, wind, and fuel.

Camping With Wildfires: The most common cause of wildfires is humans. Campfires account for a large portion of these fires, and in fact, 60 percent of all wildfires in the United States are caused by people.

Campfires spread much more quickly than lightning-caused fires. In fact, they have twice as much speed as a fire caused by lightning.

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Depositphotos Wildfire3

What should you do if you encounter a wildfire?

If you are caught in a wildfire, do not panic. Try to stay calm and think clearly. Here is what you should do:

  • Follow the instructions of firefighters and other emergency personnel.
  • Keep an eye on your surroundings and be prepared to take action if necessary.
  • If you are asked to evacuated from your campground, leave immediately. Do not try to pack up or take anything with you.
  • If you are boondocking, leave the area immediately. Do not try to pack up or take anything with you.

Air quality

Follow the instructions of local authorities. Local authorities issue daily updates on air quality.

  1. Air quality can be good or hazardous during wildfire season. Although wildfires can be devastating, people who are sensitive to smoke should avoid areas where there is a wildfire. The elderly and pregnant women may have more breathing problems from the pollution of wildfires. People with asthma or respiratory infection may also be impacted by poor air quality from fire smoke.
  2. If you have a lung disease, consult your doctor about how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
  3. If you are prescribed medication for a lung condition such as asthma or COPD, you may need to adjust your medication dosage or schedule.
  4. If you have a lung disease, avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas and do not exert yourself if you are experiencing chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath.
  5. If you have a lung disease and are near smoke from wildfires, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration . Drink at least two quarts of water per day.
  6. If you have a lung disease and are near smoke from wildfires, avoid exposure to irritants such as secondhand tobacco smoke or exhaust fumes from cars

What Causes Wildfires?

There are three components necessary for a fire to start: fuel, air and heat. The fuel can be anything from discarded cigarettes to campfires. Heat is created by the sun or lightning strikes that ignite a fire, and air is needed for fire ignition and sustained burning.

Fuel, weather and topography are all factors which can cause a wildfire to spread quickly or die down. Sometimes a wildfire will start with low moisture content and may burn quickly. The composition of fuel can influence how quickly a fire spreads, at what temperature and in what area it burns. The size and amount of fuel are both factors in the fire. Fire behavior always follows the same pattern, but depends on fuel type and size: small fuels burn quickly, large fuels generate more heat and burn slowly.

How Do Wildfires Start?

Wildfires can start in a number of ways. The most common way is from a spark, which might come from a vehicle breaking down while in motion. Other causes include campfires that are not properly put out, cigarettes thrown out of car windows, and sparks from ATVs or dirt bikes.

Spark arrestors help prevent wildfires caused by cars and dirt bikes, which have exhaust systems that create sparks and embers by accident. You should check your ATV, dirt bike, or other vehicles for spark arrestors to reduce the risk of starting a fire.

How to Prevent Wildfires

Wildfires can be devastating and destructive. However, there are things you can do to help prevent them.

One way to prevent wildfires is by managing your campfire properly. Make sure that you have a bucket of water or sand nearby to extinguish the fire when you’re finished using it. Remember to never leave a campfire unattended – not even for a minute!

Another way to prevent wildfires is by learning about the status of trails near where you’re camping, and avoiding them if they are closed or on fire related restrictions. Rangers are great resources for information about wildfire activity in an area, so don’t hesitate to ask them questions if you’re unsure about anything.

Hiking trails may also be closed if a fire threatens them – it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to any signage that might be present.

Recreational activities like boating, paddling, hunting and fishing can also spread wildfires – please remember these activities come with inherent risks when visiting areas affected by drought conditions. Be sure to know and follow all applicable regulations related to fires when engaging in these activities.

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What Are the Dangers of Camping Near a Wildfire?

Check for fire restrictions before camping

Before you go camping, it’s important to check for fire restrictions in the area. Fires can easily get out of control, and if there are restrictions in place, it’s important to follow them. You don’t want to risk starting a fire that could endanger people, property, or wildlife.

You can find out about fire restrictions by contacting your local governing entity (such as the park service or forestry department). They will be able to tell you what is and isn’t allowed from a fire hazard standpoint.

In addition, active fire maps are available online. These maps can help travelers plan their trip more accurately and safely, given that some of the restrictions on wildfires change often.

It’s also important to know where fires are burning so you can choose a safer area to camp in. You can do this by checking the Air Quality Index before you leave home. The Air Quality Index will tell you how bad the air quality is in your area and whether it’s safe to be outdoors.

Be prepared for evacuation orders if camping near fires (even if you’re not close to any flames). Make sure you have all of your essential belongings with you so that you can leave quickly if necessary.

Camping outside during the high fire danger season can lead to serious health risks. Make sure you’re aware of the risks before you go, and research early so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Fire Apps I Use to Check on Wildfires

Website: Fire, Weather, and Avalanche Center

iOS and Android apps

iOS – Fire Finder — Wildfire Info ($.99)

Android: Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center

Follow Leave No Trace principles

Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it’s important to do so responsibly. Leave No Trace principles can help make your camping trip more enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are some tips:

  • Plan ahead and prepare for the area you are going to camp in. Know what is allowed and what is not.
  • Be sure your fire is extinguished before leaving the area – use water, not dirt, to put out your fire.
  • Don’t use a campfire during periods of high fire danger, even if there are no restrictions from government agencies or local communities. Campfires are common and should be done in designated areas, away from grasses and other items that may catch fire.
  • Pack out all trash and food waste. Don’t leave anything behind!
  • Respect wildlife and their habitats by keeping a safe distance away – remember they’re wild animals!
  • Follow these simple guidelines to have an enjoyable camping trip while preserving the natural beauty of our forests and parks for future generations

Know your surroundings

Before you go camping near a wildfire, be sure to check with the governing entity. They will have all the most up-to-date information on road closures and cautions in the area. Remember, your safety is always our top priority.

Camping near a wildfire poses the risk of not being able to get out in time. So it’s important to always know your surroundings and heed all warnings from authorities.

Another danger of camping near a wildfire is that winds can change quickly and unexpectedly, which could cause the fire to spread rapidly.

And finally, campers should always have an emergency plan before going camping – so they are prepared for any situation that might arise while exploring the great outdoors.

Tips for Keeping Your Campsite Safe from Wildfire

Campfires are the number one cause of wildfires in the United States, so it’s important to take some precautions when camping during wildfire season. Here are a few tips for keeping your campsite safe:

  • Turn the campfire out completely before leaving your campsite
  • Stay with your fire, and avoid it when windy or restricted
  • Check weather and drought conditions before lighting a fire to avoid a wildfire in your back yard
  • Wildfires are unpredictable and can be deadly. Be sure to heed any warnings or evacuation orders from authorities, and be prepared to leave your campsite at a moment’s notice.
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Depositphotos – Wildfire

Most wildfires start as human-caused fires, so always use caution when building or tending to a fire. Avoid leaving ashes unattended, and make sure all embers are extinguished before leaving camp

Firefighters use a PITA acronym to make sure that you keep yourself and your family safe from wildfires: P – Prepare, I – Inform, T – Tell Others, A – Avoid Poor Habitat and Animals

Use a proper fire extinguisher or monitor the area around your campsite for fires. Keep your campfire small and surrounded by dirt in order to reduce risks of wildfire.

Staying Safe

There are a few things that you can do to make sure that you stay safe when camping with wildfires. The first is to be aware of the fire hazard in your area. You can find this information out by looking online or contacting your local fire department. Additionally, it’s important to have all of the necessary tools and apps to help you prepare for a wildfire. These include a weather app, a map app, and an emergency contact app.

In addition, there are some general safety tips that you should keep in mind when camping in a forested area during wildfire season. Make sure that you always know where the nearest exit is and keep track of the wind speed and direction at all times. And finally, remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Happy (and safe)Trails,

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