Unusually hot and dry weather conditions, especially in the western states this season, require extra caution for campfires. For current fire warnings and fire-related weather watches use NOAA's interactive map here: NOAA National Weather Service Fire Weather
Under moderate fire-danger conditions campfires may be banned for dispersed camping but allowed in developed campgrounds. Under high fire-danger conditions even campgrounds may have restrictions against campfires and open flames. Please check for instructive signs in the campground or with your Campground Manager before you start your campfire.
Remember - a good firebuilder never needs gas or kerosene to start a fire.
Here are a few simple steps to building a safe campfire and how to safely put it out: