By Melissa Wynn

Twilight Camp Fire

1) Choosing Your Fire Site

  • DO NOT build a fire at a site in dry, dangerous conditions. DO NOT build a fire if the campground or area does not allow campfires.
  • Check to be sure than burning is allowed on the days of your trip. Campfires are often prohibited on high risk days.
  • Choose a site that is at least fifteen feet away from your tent or camper, shrubs, grass or trees. Also beware of low-hanging branches overhead. If you’re looking for more elaborate setups – you can find more outdoor fire pit ideas here.

2) Making Your Fire Pit

  • Clear your pit area down to the dirt, leaving a ten foot circle of bare ground surrounding your fire.
  • Dig your pit about one foot deep, but not too big. Huge campfires can easily get out of control.
  • Surround your pit with rocks to create a barrier.
  • Store your firewood downwind from your fire pit.
  • Keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby.

3) Building Your Campfire

  • Gather three types of wood

Tinder (small twigs, pine cones, pine needles, dry grass)

Kindling (bigger twigs, small chunks of deadwood)

Fuel (larger pieces of dry wood)

  1. Loosely pile  tinder in the center of the fire pit.
  2. Add a few pieces of kindling .
  3. Light the tinder with a match or lighter. Dispose of matches IN the fire pit. Add more tinder as your fire takes off.
  4. Next, add kindling and firewood to keep the fire going.

4) Putting Out Your Campfire

  1. Allow the fire to burn out completely.
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire. Soak ALL the embers, red and black coals.
  3. Keep soaking the pit until all hissing sounds stop.
  4. Stir the wet campfire pit with a shovel or big stick.
  5. Stir and make sure everything is wet and all embers are cold to the touch.
  6. DO NOT bury the fire as it can continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
  7. Make sure you pit has quit smoking.