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Starting a Campfire

Before starting a fire, make sure there are no restrictions in the area. Some areas may be having a dry season and could be under a "no-burning" band. There are also campsites that don't permit camp fires. This is something to check out when booking at any campground.

Use the fire pit provided by the campsite.

Remove any pine needles, twigs and dry leaves from around the fire pit so they won't catch fire. You can also add them to the fire pit to help start the fire if they are dry.

Collect some dry leaves, pine needles, small twigs and branches. The drier the better to get the fire going. Also if you have a small hand axe, you can split some small logs or branches that have fallen. Please check with the campsite before doing this, they may only allow you to burn what you bring while leaving there campgrounds natural.

Arrange the small branches and split wood in the form of a tepee. The base should start off wide and taper off to a point. The wood will support itself in this shape.

Leave a small opening so you can add old newspaper, dry leaves and twigs. These will help get the fire going.

Light the paper or leaves and this in turn should ignite everything else and catch fire.

As the fire starts burning down, you'll notice the burning branches and the glow of hot red coals in which you can continue to add more fire wood.

Avoid starting your campfire in dry and windy areas. Fires can spread easily in these conditions.

Always keep water close by in case of emergency.

When you are done using your campfire and you are leaving the campsite or just going to sleep for the night, make sure to completely put out the fire. Wildfires can be difficult to stop once started.