Camping Safety

Camp Site


Cooking is part of the fun of camping, but it can attract wild animals to your site. Be sure to secure food by storing it in your vehicle, cleaning up scraps, and anticipating which animals you may encounter at a site and acting accordingly. Learn more about common RI species of wildlife.


You have the power to save trees. Don’t bring firewood with you on your camping trip. Protect our public lands from forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer by purchasing your firewood where you'll burn it. Learn more about RI's forest pests.


Public lands managed by DEM, including RI State Campgrounds, will not allow open campfires when the National Weather Service issues a RED FLAG WARNING. Red Flag Warnings are usually only issued during the spring and fall fire weather seasons, February 15 – April 30 and October 1 - December 15. A red flag warning is issued when warm temperatures, very low humidity, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger that will occur within 24 hours and could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire alert. Check RI's Wildfire Risk Status



The most effective way to prevent infection from Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors.