Campfire – How to Put Out Safely

A camping trip just doesn’t seem complete without the enjoyment of a nice warm campfire. No campfire, no s’mores, no way! It is sad though that some campers have managed to turn a campfire into a wildfire.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, escaped campfires are the second leading cause of wildfires. Before you build a campfire, brush up on …

Basic Campfire Safety

1. Choose a clear spot away from trees, logs, stumps, overhanging branches, dense dry grass, and forest litter

2. If there is an existing fire ring, use it, don’t create a new one.

3. When not in a designated campground, build your fire within a ring of rocks. Dig a small pit away from overhanging branches.

4. Keep your campfire small.

5. Clear a five-foot area around the pit down to the soil.

6. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.

7. Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.

8. After lighting, do not discard the match until it is cold to the touch..

9. Never leave a campfire unattended! Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.

10. Understand how to put out a campfire safely and completely.

After you put out the campfire, take an extra minute to check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers, because it only takes one to start a forest fire. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

Now you know what it takes to have a safe campfire. What goes well with a campfire? Food! Go on to a list of favorite campfire recipes [http://www.joyofcamping.com/camping-tips/campfire-smores-banana-split].