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Hey folks. So I get that we all feel weird and alienated from nature. That's a capitalism for you. But before you go out and try to reconnect with nature, there's a few things I want to talk you about making fires.

First, consider not making a fire. Do you need one? Will your camping trip be memorable without one? Are you actually using it as a cookfire, or just think it would make some groovy pictures? Anyway, if you still want to...

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Pay attention to fire danger. It's posted in and around campsites. Ask a ranger if you're not sure. If there's a burn ban, pay attention to it. Don't violate it.

Use local firewood only. Don't bring your own. This could spread invasive species.

Don't harvest firewood or kindling from living trees. Use what the ground gives you.

Use an established fire ring if there is one. Don't make your own if you don't have to.

Never leave a fire unattended. Even one that's smoldering out.

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Finally when it's time to move on from camp, put your fire dead out. That means pour water on it until there are no more flames. Then stir all the embers around with a stick. Then douse it again. The fire is not out until it's cool to the touch. If you can't stick your hand in it, it's still burning.

Please be responsible outdoors. People's lives depend on it.

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@interneteh

A fire isnt necessarily out if theres no smoke or visible wood burning left. Coals get buried under ash and smoulder for AGES. Use a camp shovel to turn over (carefully!) ash, and expose the still burning coals to air again so they burn themselves out.

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@TimMad this is why Smokey the Bear wields a shovel

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@interneteh I didnt know this but it makes a lot of sense :3

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