A campfire serves as the social hub during a camping trip. It’s the place where families gather to keep warm as well as roast hot dogs and tell stories. There is something about sitting around a campfire with friends and loved ones that is conducive for talking, sharing and creating memories. However, since fires are potentially dangerous, you will want to exercise care. Below are some guidelines from the USDA Forest Service and www.basspro.com.

  • Choose a spot in an open space at least 10 feet away from trees and brush. Clear a 10-foot circle down to bare dirt, removing pine needles, leaves, grass and twigs.
  • Keep the fire small and manageable, and never leave it unattended even for a short period.
  • Drown the fire thoroughly about 30 minutes before going to bed. Don’t allow the fire to burn down on its own. Separate the burning pieces of wood with a shovel, soaking them with water. Mix water liberally into the ashes. Don’t try to bury the fire under dirt, as it could smolder for a long time and escape.
  • Pour pails of water over charcoal briquettes.
  • Before you leave the fire, touch the ashes to make sure it is completely out. Also, check the area within 50 feet for sparks or embers.

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