Fire Safety Information

Prairie Pothole Fire Safety Information

Any Fire Performers and Volunteer Fire Safeties wishing to participate in the fire circle(s) at Prairie Pothole; Please read this thoroughly.

For each day of the festival, we will be hosting Daily Fire Safety meetings at 5pm, in the grassy area across the road from the lodge stage (in between the swimming hole and the fire ring.) There will be a sign out by the road pointing toward the location.

If you wish to participate in the Fire Circle(s) for that each day, please come to that day's meeting to obtain your new wristband. Please attend all possible meetings. These will cover locations, times, and safety for those that need it.

We welcome all Fire Performers with some experience dancing with fire (even beginners) with their own safe and adequate fire props and/or equipment. If you are a beginner please share your experience with us, so we can get you well informed. If you have NEVER danced with fire and/or do not have your own props, it is best not to participate, but please be very clear with the fire leaders about any limitations you have.

During The Fire Safety Meetings

Meetings will be held each day at 5pm. We will do our best to keep meetings thorough, but as brief as possible. A the meetings we will cover:

  1. All the safety precautions we require you to make as performers (sobriety, clothing, proper equipment, ect.)
    -Where and how to use the dip station
    -Where and how to spin off
    -Where and when to enter the circle, how to ignite
    -What amount of performers can be in the circle, locations of safeties, where and when to exit, ect.
  2. All the procedures and protocols of the fire circle(s)
  3. Prop Inspection
    -Please bring your props to the meeting. If you have a lot of props, either make time to bring all of them down before the meeting starts or bring what you wish to use that night and bring the others to the next meeting.

After you have gone through the safety precautions, procedures, protocols, and prop inspection you then can receive your red bracelet for participating in the fire circle. The red bracelets will be labeled with the day you attended the meeting.

Once you have fully been through one of the fire safety meetings, we will briefly coordinate the following day and share next set time(s) with you and you will receive your second or third bracelet. For new performers, we will repeat the information and inspection so you can participate and get your bracelet.

Volunteer Fire Safeties

If you wish to be a volunteer fire safety, we greatly welcome you. Even if you have never done it before, at the meeting we go over a brief training with a fire blanket and the PASS acronym for fire extinguishers so you will have some experience beforehand. As safeties, this gives you the benefit of a front row seat to all the fire action. For the performers, we wish that you too will take some turns with a fire blanket so other safeties can be cycled out.

Also, when you are receiving your bracelet we will be reminding and sharing with all of you the set times for the fire circle(s). At Prairie Pothole we have always started around sunset and we will continue to do so. In addition, with the proper amount of fire performers and safeties, we can continue to perform at later times as well. Which, in turn, is also why we require you to come to the daily meetings so we can further understand our numbers and re-coordinate if we have bad weather.

Planned Set Times

Most of the time, we begin the fire circle at sunset.

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

As for the time length of the fire safety meeting(s), we wish to be thorough but also keep them as brief as possible. As supervisors, we too want to have time to prepare for the fire circle and enjoy the festival as well. However, we find that having multiple meetings is the best way we can coordinate with all performers and safeties, so the information and set times of the fire circle(s) is shared. We anticipate having rain and bad weather and have backup plans, so using these meetings as a time and place to communicate is to all of our benefit. We also anticipate having many fire performers this year and we want everyone to get their fill of performing this year.

In turn, we wish that fire performers and safeties utilize these meetings not only for better communication with each other, but to have a time and place to gather and build rapport and trust. We want everyone to come together and have a great time!