A campfire can be illegal (for example if there fire restrictions in place) or it could be in violation because of size, placement or due to being left unatended. Such a campfire would be coded as 561 - Unauthorized Burning.
Note: NFIRS 5.0 coding is “how turned out” not “how toned out”. An incident may be toned as an illegal or unattended campfire, but if (upon arrival) one finds a legal campfire, safe and attended, it is not coded this way but as No Incident Found aka Unable to Locate (UTL).
Do not confuse a legal campfire with 631 - Authorized Controlled Burning which is when an individual was burning land, vegetation or some type of agricultural field. Do not use this code for a campfire or fire pit. Normally, this incident type code would be used if a landowner was given permission to burn land or debris on their property.
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