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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 06:02

Camp Fire Safety Tips

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How to Build, Maintain & Extinguish Your Campfire

A camp fire can be one of the best parts of camping, or provide necessary warmth to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Just don’t forget your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it to prevent wild fires. With the wild fires in California happening right now, it's time to talk about fire safety to prevent damaging and life-threatening fires wherever you travel.

Keep your camp fire from becoming a wild fire!

BEFORE ...

  • Choose a spot that’s protected from wind gusts and at least 15 feet from your tent, gear, and anything ammable.
  • Clear a 10-foot diameter area around your camp re spot by removing leaves, grass, and anything burnable down to the dirt.
  • Don’t build your camp re near plants or under tree limbs or other ammable material hanging overhead.
  • If allowed, dig a pit for your camp fire, about 1-foot deep, in the center of the cleared area.
  • Build a fire ring around the pit with rocks to create a barrier.
  • Don’t use any type of ammable liquid to start your fire.
  • Gather three types of wood to build your camp re and add them in this order:
    • Tinder - small twigs, dry Kindling – dry sticks leaves or grass, dry needles
    • Kindling - dry sticks leaves or grass, dry needles. smaller than 1” around
    • Firewood - larger, dry pieces of wood up to about 10” around.

If you’re looking to get away, camping can be the perfect retreat. While it’s a great way to relax and enjoy Mother Nature, camping is not always the easiest adventure to prepare for. Unless you’re a minimalist camper traveling alone, you’ll need to cram a fair amount of gear into your car. Here are some ideas about how to efficiently pack a car for camping.

Precook meals. Precooking meals means you’ll need to take fewer bulky kitchen utensils and supplies with you. Prepare foods that will travel well like sandwiches, trail mix, or chili. Of course, you shouldn’t precook all food. Burgers and hot dogs are probably not the best foods to cook before your adventure.

Learn to use your fire. Using a fire to reheat or cook your meals saves you from having to lug a gas grill. Remember you’re cooking over the coals, not the flame. Ensure your coals are glowing and evenly proportioned under the grill before you start cooking.

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