Wildfire Prevention Techniques

The weather is warming up quick.  Which means it’s that time of year when a lot of you preppers are going to be kicking off your own camping season soon.  And that means a lot of camp fires are going to be made.  So today we thought it would be a good idea to do a refresher course on wildfire prevention techniques because only YOU can prevent wildfires.

Wildfire Prevention Techniques

1) Pick the right spot to build a fire

One way to prevent wildfires from starting is by picking the right place to build your camp fire.  Which means, you will want to choose a location that doesn’t prohibit fires, isn’t in hazardous or dry conditions, is 15 feet away from tents and other flammable objects, is level, doesn’t have heavy fuels (logs, decaying leaves, etc.) nearby, and is protected from gusts of wind.

2) Properly prepare your fire pit

If you don’t have a pit, that’s not a problem.  Just do the following things to build a safe camp fire.

  • Remove dried grass, leaves, twigs etc. within a 10 foot diameter of your camp fire.
  • Dig a 1 foot deep pit.
  • Circle your pit with rocks.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby incase you need to quickly put your fire out.

3) Properly maintain and extinguish your fire

Campers usually do a great job at creating their camp fires.  But sometimes forget the importance of maintaining and extinguishing the fires they’ve made.  By adhering to the following techniques, you can ensure that you are doing your part to help with wildfire prevention.

  • Avoid cutting down whole trees or even branches to fuel your fire.  Living materials wont burn and these things could also be potential homes to forest animals.
  • When your fire is burning add larger pieces of wood to maintain it instead of smaller ones.
  • Don’t burn dangerous substances like arsenal cans, glass, or aluminum because they can either explode, create dangerous fumes, or shatter.
  • Make sure your fire is a manageable size.
  • Supervise and children and/0r pets that are near your camp fire.
  • Before extinguishing your fire, allow the wood to completely burn to ash if you can.
  • Drown all of the embers.  Pouring water on them until the hissing sound stops.
  • If water isn’t available, you can bury your fire with dirt and sand.
  • Scrape away any remaining sticks and logs.  And make sure no burning embers remain.
  • Continue adding water and/or dirt to your fire, stirring it around with your shovel until all the materials in your camp fire are cool.
  • Keep in mind…if the fire is still too hot to touch, it’s too hot for your to leave it unattended.

Happy camping preppers!