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Anyone Can Build A Safe Camp Fire With this Simple Guide

Aug 30, 2008
A campfire is a great way to bring your friends and family together sharing stores, melting smores, and telling ghost stores. The most important thing is to bring your sleeping bag, food, fishing rods, tents, first-aid kit, bug spray, aluminum foil, cooking mitts, pots and pans that are fire friendly, racks for grilling, soap, a kettle that is also fire safe, and plenty of water.

When you get there, you first set up your camp. Then you gather the firewood. You have to get lots of rocks, lay out the rocks in a circular pattern, and keep the firewood in a circle to maintain the fire so it won't spread. Watch your fire - you don't want to let it grow to a really large size. At night your campfire is the most important thing you will need because it brings you light so that you can see where your surroundings. It also gives you heat to keep you warm, and it also cooks your food so you don't starve.

You must follow the rules when there has been a shortage of rain, making it very dry out. A lot of campgrounds have different rules about a fire in their woods due to increased risk of a fire starting. They don't want anything dangerous to happen to you and the wildlife, or for anyone else accidentally start a wildfire. They also have areas for camping near them that are made for fires. When you have no area like that, never build a fire in an area that is surrounded with tree limbs hanging over you. If you find a spot, clear out the area by picking up the debris laying on the ground, such as sticks and leaves. The ground must be cleaned before you set up camp.

Never set your tent near your campfire - it's a bad idea because it will set your tent on fire if the wind blows the flames in the tent's direction. Never use lighter fluid or gasoline to start your fire, just use paper or dead weeds. Make sure you camp next to or near a creek or a lake. In case you have a little fire, you can put it out fast. When you go to bed make sure you put out the fire. Make sure it is completely extinguished so there is no smoke left or any red showing in the fire.

When you are ready to go, make sure you clean up your camp and get buckets of water to pour over the campfire. Just to be on the safe side, water it again so you have nothing to worry. As long as you follow the campground rules, you should be just fine.
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