Know the regulations and stick to them, including local variations. Be aware of the possibility of a total fire ban; if you are unsure it is better to be safe than sorry. Never, ever light a fire if there is any chance that it may get away. Never, ever leave an open fire unattended. If you can not put your hand in the ashes, you must not leave it! If walking during a possible fireban period, have some food that can be eaten cold for dinner, as well as lunch. Consider planning uncooked meals, or include some additional emergency food that can be eaten when cooking is not possible.