Camping is an awesome way to get outdoors and explore everything that nature has to offer. Unfortunately, many wildfires that destroy thousands of acres of land, homes and wildlife are started by campers. Knowing when it is safe to burn a fire and following proper safety precautions can keep accidental wildfires from occurring.
Wildfires were the cause of over 3,500 deaths in the United States in 2017 alone. That number has decreased quite a bit since 2007. We hope that articles like this one are one of the reasons there has been a steady decline in wildfire deaths. Play your part in keeping our land and others safe by following a few simple safety precautions.
One of the many considerations that campers must have, however, is how to set up their campfire in a way that will provide them with heat and light without endangering others by spreading the fire to the surrounding wilderness.
Here are some tips to help you create a safe fire pit:
As a precaution, make sure that you have water, a shovel, or both by your fire. Pouring water on the fire or shoveling dirt on it is a quick way to extinguish a fire before it becomes dangerous.