Fire Policies

Burnt Oranges General Fire Safety Guide 

If you are bringing burnable art or LP flame effects you must read the Creating Dangerous Art Safely guide. (Click the link directly below).

No ground fires.  All fires must be in a fire pit or other suitable container to protect the ground from scarring and fires from spreading.

You MUST have a publicly visible and accessible FIRE  EXTINGUISHER and attend your fire at all times. Keep your embers to a minimum. We camp very close and fire spreads very quickly.

Tiki Torches must be attended at all times.

Fuel must be stored properly in a fuel dump.

No Fireworks

Bring your own wood.: We do not have wood for you and the pile you see volunteers worked very hard to supply for the effigies and bonfires for the community.

Don’t Burn Toxic Stuff: Pressure treated woods, plastics, rubber, motorcycles, etc

All give off toxic fumes or smell bad. RESPECT your neighbors. Do burn your paper and cardboard to save on trash on the way home.

Be Smart: Watch the wind. Check for hanging moss. Use a cover on fire pits to help stop embers.

Respect:  Your neighbors and other participants. Listen to the RANGERS or CATS volunteers and follow there advice.

Not following the rules may result in expulsion from this and future events.


-RESPECT: Be aware of your surroundings any time you are performing with fire. Respect boundaries set by camps and campers.

-FUEL ETIQUETTE: Utilize designated fuel dumps. NEVER smoke near fuel dumps/fuel storage areas.

-LNT: NO ground burn offs. Endeavor to spin off (poi spinners are encouraged to use a spinoff can) or squeeze off extra fuel in a bucket. If you must spinoff, go to a sufficiently isolated area downwind of people nearby.

-PERFORMANCE ETIQUETTE: Be considerate of your fellow spinners and audience, use spatial awareness. Wait until there is space in a performance area. Do not crowd a fire circle. Only use moves/tricks that you have practiced extensively with unlit equipment.

-SOBRIETY: Fire can cause serious injury, disfigurement, and property damage. Perform sober and act responsibly.

-EQUIPMENT: Double check your tools. Watch for loose screws, frayed wick, or deteriorating grips.

-SPOTTERS: If you are spinning fire YOU MUST HAVE A FIRE SAFETY/SPOTTER watching with a clean, wet cotton towel or wool, Nomex, Duvetyne, or Commando Cloth blanket in hand.

-PERIMETER: If a Ranger or CATS team member requests that the audience viewing a fire performance be moved back, please comply.

-FIRE SUPPRESSION: as a fire performer, you should know the procedure for safely extinguishing fire on a lit prop and human body. CATS team can educate you on this.

Fuel fires can burn themselves out or be handled with a fire extinguisher. NEVER attempt to use water to put out a fuel fire. BC rated extinguishers can be used for extinguishing fuel fires. DO NOT use dry chemical fire extinguishers on performers!

ACCEPTABLE FUELS:White Gas/Coleman Fuel, Kerosene/Lamp oil, Denatured Alcohol

CLOTHING: We strongly encourage you to wear fire resistant materials (ex: Nomex) or natural fibers such as wool, leather, or cotton. We strongly discourage wearing synthetic clothing during fire performance as they pose a higher health risk. Clothing should be snug fitting without dangling accessories.


The Fire Conclave is a gift of performance to the community, occurring immediately prior to the Effigy and Temple burns. To learn about this tradition on the playa, read:

Questions may be directed to

If you are interested in participating in Fire Conclave on Sat or Sun nights, attending a safety meeting is mandatory. Check with Greeters or Center Camp Info for meeting times. Watch for announcements on facebook: and

Not following the rules may result in expulsion from this and future events.