It doesn't take long for a camp fire to get out of control, especially with these dry conditions. It is important to know the proper way to start and put out a campfire. The U.S. Forest Service working to make sure campers know the proper techniques.
Dawn Sanchez, a Fire Prevention Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, says the Pike National Forest has a big problem with people leaving their camp fires unattended and leaving them burning they head home.
Sanchez says there are several things to remember when building a campfire.
1. Find a safe place for a camp fire.and make sure all the pine needles are raked out and kept away
2. Keep the fire small - just big enough to keep you warm or to cook
3. Keep extra firewood at least five to ten feet away from your camp fire
Once you've enjoyed your fire you come to the most important part, putting it out correctly. There are some steps to follow when putting a campfire out.
1. Pour water over the fire first
2. Then cover the fire with dirt
3. Stir the wood and coals around to make sure they are all covered with the mud
4. After about 15 to 20 minutes check the fire. If it is still warm add more water and dirt.
Before you leave your campfire, make sure it is completely cold to the touch. Sanchez also reminds campers to never leave a campfire unattended even if it is just for a short hike.
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