Take out comprehensive travel insurance for all the activities you plan to do and all the people in your party
Listen to any advice given by local authorities, especially evacuation orders
Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas. Make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished, do not light barbecues and do not leave empty bottles behind
Be aware that causing a forest fire can be treated as a criminal offence, even if it is unintentional
Report any sightings of fires immediately to local emergency services.
How wildfires start (Source: National Geographic)
Only 10 to 15% of wildfires occur on their own in nature. The other 85-90% result from human causes, including unattended camp and debris fires, discarded cigarettes, and arson.
Naturally occurring wildfires can spark during dry weather and droughts. In these conditions, normally green vegetation can convert into bone-dry, flammable fuel; strong winds spread fire quickly; and warm temperatures encourage combustion. With these ingredients, the only thing missing is a spark—in the form of lightning, arson, a downed power line, or a burning campfire or cigarette—to wreak havoc.