Fire Policy

Fire: What’s allowed at Wasteland Weekend?

ALL fire extinguishers should be clearly visible and NOT themed, so that they are easily identifiable in case of emergency.

Cooking fires are allowed, subject to safety rulings of Event Control and the local Fire Authorities.
Cooking fires must be attended at ALL times. If you are walking away from camp, or going to bed for the night, extinguish your cooking fire. Winds often make fires a danger, so come prepared to quickly extinguish your fire. Event staff can and will extinguish any unattended fire. All cooking fires must have a fire extinguisher, bucket of water, and/or shovel on hand. Cooking fires cannot exceed 2’ in diameter and 3’ in height. All cooking fires outside of a non-combustible receptacle must be recessed 1’ into the ground or surrounded by a 1’ tall dirt or rock berm. The County recommends that every campsite that intends to have a fire or burn barrel have a fire permit, available for free from the link below. Cooking fires cannot be located within 10 feet of vegetation, a tent or structures of any kind. Cooking fires must be kept a minimum of 25 feet from fuel sources. The only allowable fuel sources on site are charcoal and clean wood.

Fire Permits:

Personal camp cooking is permitted.
The county recommends that all cooking be done on propane appliances. Cooking cannot be done within an enclosed space outside of cooking on RV cooking appliances. Cooking appliances should not be placed on plastic tables. All cooking appliances should be kept a minimum of 10’ from vegetation, tents and structures of any kind as well as 25’ from stored fuel sources.

Burn Barrels are preferred for safety and management.
These reduce the risk of burning coals/embers being picked up by the winds, and also make cleanup of ashes, nails, or other road hazards much easier. Like cooking fires, burn barrels must never be left unattended, and extinguished if weather conditions present a danger. Burn Barrels should always be made within a non-combustible fire safe receptacle. Burn Barrels must be a minimum of 10’ away from vegetation, tents and structures of any kind as well as 25’ from stored fuel sources. The only allowable fuel sources on site are charcoal and clean wood.

Fire spinning/fire flow such as staffs and poi is okay so long as it is done only at the designated “Fire Spin” (aka Hades) area, while fire-watch safety personal are present.
Lighting up and spinning in your own camp, or anywhere outside the Fire Spin area represents a safety hazard and is not allowed.
The Hades fire spinning area is not always available at Wasteland Weekend, depending on whether or not we have staff available to run it.
We have not confirmed whether or not the Hades area will be available for WW 2023.
Other than at Hades, and at the Main Stage (by pre-approved official performers) there are no areas where fire spinning/flow is allowed.

What else is NOT allowed?

Fireworks of ANY kind are strictly forbidden and are not be brought to this event.

Flamethrowers, flame “poppers,” and all variations of liquid or pressurized fuel devices are NOT ALLOWED at the event. This includes (but is not limited to) brush burners, torches, jet engines/devices, flame throwing guitars, simulated explosions, sound makers, flame cannons, or any other flame device that utilizes liquid or gaseous fuel.


California laws are very strict, and Wasteland has a zero tolerance regarding flame devices. Failure to observe this policy may result in expulsion from the event.

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