Cabin Living - - Cabin Life -

The For­est Ser­vice and Smokey the Bear of­fer the fol­low­ing tips for build­ing and put­ting out a camp­fire: Once you have a strong fire go­ing, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burn­ing steadily.

Keep your fire to a man­age­able size. Make sure chil­dren and pets are su­per­vised when near the fire.

Never leave a camp­fire unat­tended. Use dry wood, not live trees or branches cut from live trees. To ex­tin­guish a camp­fire, al­low the wood to burn com­pletely to ash if pos­si­ble. Pour wa­ter on the fire, drown­ing all em­bers, not just any that are red.

Pour wa­ter un­til any hiss­ing sounds stop.

Stir the ashes and em­bers with a shovel.

Scrape sticks and logs to re­move any em­bers.

Make sure all ma­te­ri­als are wet and cold to the touch. If you don’t have wa­ter, you can suf­fo­cate the fire by adding loose dirt.

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