Fire & Generator Policy

Playa del Fuego embraces Open Fire and Flame Effects, which means we must act in a safe and responsible manner. The reality of a tent fire or a more serious situation arising from its misuse is a threat to the future of our event and participant safety.

All fires, regardless of the fuel, must be attended at all times and extinguished immediately at the request of any member of the Fire Safety Team, Rangers, or if the wind picks up such that the fires throws sparks.  To that end, all camps with open flame must maintain a safety perimeter of one and a half times the height of the flame effect is required and maintain both 5 gallons of water and a 5 lb. ABC Fire Extinguisher. All liquid fuels must be maintained at a minimum of 30 ft from any fire, ignition, or radiant heat.

 

OPEN FIRE AND FLAME EFFECTS

FIRE IN YOUR CAMP

Playa del Fuego and Constellation embrace Open Fire and Flame Effects which means we must act in a safe and responsible manner. The reality of a tent fire or a more serious situation arising from its misuse is a threat to the future of our event and participant safety.

Note: Camps that have open fire and/or flame effects are asked to check in with the Fire team.

Firewood

Firewood is included in your ticket price. It is available while supplies last. Participants are welcome to take as much firewood as they need from the designated pile; but please be considerate and don’t hoard firewood. Don’t take wood once it is stacked under the Pony effigy.

Note:  due to the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine - it is illegal to carry firewood across state lines.  Do not bring your own firewood to PDF!

Sharing is much cooler than hoarding and that includes wood, too. Help keep volunteers warm and safe at night by not taking wood from their departments, where burn barrels provide warmth, safety, and a welcoming beacon.  Like to burn a lot of wood? Theme camps can work with each other and the PC to coordinate the purchase and delivery of wood.

Campfires and burn barrels must be:

  • Elevated a minimum of 6 inches off the ground to prevent burn scars
  • Attended at all times
  • Have 15ft clearance from all structures and canopies
  • Have a 5lb ABC fire extinguisher nearby, plus 5 gallons of water
  • Minimum 15 ft clearance from fuels and combustibles

OPEN FIRE

  1. Burning of large art installations that when fully engulfed in flames, produces a tremendous amount of heat and requires a burn shield platform is not allowed in any camping area.
  2. No fire barrels or open fire shall be left unattended. This includes candles, tiki torches or any open flame. At least one camp member will be designated fire tender and be within visual distance at all times. If found unattended while lit, open flames or burn barrels may be extinguished and/or confiscated if there is sufficient hazard.
  3. If winds pick up, all open fire must be put out immediately and burn barrels must be extinguished if they begin to throw sparks.
  4. Open fire or burn barrels must be extinguished at the request of any Ranger or Fire Safety Team personnel.
  5. A safety perimeter of one and a half times the height of the flame effect is required. A 15’ zone around the fire should be free of any flammable materials such as, but not limited to; cloth, paper, tents, plastic, etc.
  6. All liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel that are stored in camp must be kept at least 30’ away from any flame, ignition, or radiant heat.
  7. An ABC fire extinguisher (5lb minimum) is required. In addition, a supply of at least 5 gallons of water must be kept on hand to extinguish the fire in case of high winds (wind can blow embers and sparks a long distance down the ground!) or other hazards. These are both to be kept in a clearly marked location at least 15 feet from the flame effect.
  8. Burn barrels shall be secure and constructed in a way that the bottom surface is at least 6” from the ground to prevent baking or scarring of the ground surface.
  9. Fire Spinners must have an accompanying safety.  No exceptions.
  10. No Fire Spinning near combustibles.

FLAME EFFECTS AND PROPANE GAS FLAMES

A Flame Effect is defined as any device that is automated, switched, pressurized or having any other action other than simply being lit on fire. See Guidelines for Flame Effects.

  1. No large-scale Flame Effects using 40 or more gallons of fuel. Burning of large art installations that when fully engulfed in flames produce a tremendous amount of heat requires a Burn Shield Platform.
  2. No pressurized liquid fuels are to be used within the camping area.
  3. Flame Effects shall be secured and constructed in a way that the burning surface is at least 6” from the ground  to prevent baking or scarring of the ground surface.
  4. All fuel lines are to be manufactured and rated for LP gas. Note: compressed air hoses are not an acceptable substitute for LP gas line and will not be approved.
  5. If winds pick up, all Flame Effects must be put out.
  6. Any towers or artwork that incorporates fire shall be secured from the wind and safety perimeter increased appropriately.
  7. Flame Effects must be extinguished at the request of any Ranger or FRT personnel.
  8. No Flame Effect shall be left unattended. At least one camp member will be designated fire effect operator and be within visual distance at all times. If found unattended while lit, flame effects may be extinguished and/or confiscated if there is sufficient hazard.
  9. A 15 foot zone around the Flame Effect must be free of any flammable materials such as but not limited to; cloth, paper, tents, plastic, etc
  10. An appropriate safe perimeter will be maintained at all times to prevent injury to participants.
  11. All fuel storage is to be identified type and amount on a site layout of the camp.

NOTE ON FIREWORKS

We all love a good fireworks show but the use within the camping area is a violation of common sense and safety. Sparks and fire could ignite flammables in the camps and be difficult to fight and dangerous to campers. As part of our event stipulations with landowner the use of ANY pyrotechnics that are not part of a pre-registered and approved art project is forbidden and may result in steep fines and or arrest and possible ejection from the event.

 

GENERATOR POLICY

If you bring your own generator remember that you have an obligation to ensure that it’s used in a safe manner and that anyone you allow to use it should be trained in it’s safe fueling and operation. Hot generators and flammable vapors are an easy way to endanger lives, so if a Fire Safety Team member tells you the location of your generator or fuel depot is not acceptable, please don’t argue…just comply. Failure to conform to any of these rules can lead to your generator being shut down for the duration of the event.

  • ALL generators must have an accompanying appropriate fire extinguisher.  For most folks this will be an ABC fire extinguisher 5 lbs or larger.
  • Generators must be placed in an area that is free of brush, debris, and other flammable materials.
  • Fuel must be stored a minimum of 15ft from the generator and any other heat sources, and out of direct sunlight. Your fuel storage area must have a “No Smoking” sign posted.
  • Generators must be completely shut down prior to beginning refueling.
  • Absolutely no smoking while refueling.
  • Generators must be properly baffled

Baffling.  How loud is your generator? A lot of generators are loud and if yours is as a courtesy to yourself and your neighbors, please incorporate sound baffling in your generator plans. If this is your first time baffling a generator please remember to use fire retardant materials in the lining and allow enough breathing room to prevent your baffle from becoming tinder. A properly baffled generator can be placed wherever Fire Safety requires it without the noise keeping you, your campmates, or the neighbors from complaining.