With the cooler weather coming our way, now is a great time to review how to build an open fire — safely!
Some Terms to Know
Tinder – pine cones, leaves, dry grasses, dried pine leaves, etc.
Kindling – small tree or brush branches, twigs, etc.
Fuel – larger tree branches, logs, etc.
Before You Get Started
When we start a fire, we are accepting the responsibility of protecting the animals and their habitat on the land we are using.
- Collect wood as you are setting up camp.
- Get your wood and kindling collected before dark.
- Collect enough to last until the next daylight.
- Include your wood needs in your plan for a good camp site.
- To protect your wood from dampness, put 2 poles parallel on the ground and stack wood crosswise on top of them.
- Keep your stacked wood at least 10 feet from the fire.
- Use a poncho or tarp to cover the wood.
- If you get to a campsite and all the wood and kindling is wet, find logs, split them and chop out bits of the inner log for kindling.
Building a Fire
- Clear an area of about 10 feet.
- Find a collection of rocks to form a tight circle — to contain your fire.
- Heap your tinder in the center of your fire ring.
- Add kindling on top of the tinder; pointing to the center of the fire.
- The kindling should be placed close enough to each other to catch fire but sparsely enough to allow air flow.
- Start your fire at the bottom of the tinder pile.
- Add larger sticks, logs, etc., as the fire catches and burns.
Make sure your fire is out before leaving.
Take your trash with you. Leave your campsite in as-good-as or better condition than when you found it!
Remember, thousands of acres of land are burned each year — by carelessness. When land burns … animals die!
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