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How Can I Be Sure My Campfire is Out Before I Leave the Area?

Putting out the campfire is a must. One should make sure it is properly put off, even if the ashes glow there still this is dangerous, it may also catch fire.

Make sure it is fully out. Check it two times, and do these things to make sure it is out before you leave.

  1. Douse with water

With the help of a gallon or a bucket or cup, you can douse water on the campfire to slow it down. Repeat this process 4 to 5 times so that fire extinguishes at a faster rate. Keep away your clothes from fire while dousing water on the campfire. Try to douse all parts of the fire. If you do not have water you can use sand or soil over the fire means pouring sand or dirt over the fire can do the job for you. Wait for the last log to become coal.

  1. Keep your campfire small

This is a good idea to make a small campfire. It would be easy to put out it. A big campfire is difficult to control. There are some spots where making such big campfires are forbidden because they are hard to put out as compared to small campfires because they cover small areas, they are easy to put out. You should also try to avoid the use of gasoline that is highly flammable, the flames that create would be very difficult to put out. Thus it is advisable to avoid it.

  1. If campfire gets out of control

Sometimes campfire gets worse, in such cases, you should not be panic and should follow certain steps.

Try your best to stop spreading it from its place to surrounding bushes or around the forest. Use extinguisher or water to stop spreading it. In case of any sort of injury call helpline as soon as possible. Make sure that your food items and other materials like sleeping bags and tents etc. are not damaged. Try not to lose your cool especially in a case when are heading a group.

  1. White ash

Try to burn all wood to white ash, then grind all small glowing ash particles. Use gloves while grinding these ash particles with your hands, after grinding it soak it with water properly. If there is a river nearby then try to put those ash particles into the river. You would have a sense of satisfaction. Pack out any campfire litter. Plastic items and foil-lined wrappers should never be burned in a campfire. The ash can be smelly.

  1. Surrounding

During campfire some particles of flame may fly away and it may fall on other woods, grasses, or branches and they can catch fire, thus it becomes necessary to not only watch your campfire but have a look at the surroundings. If there are ash particles in the surroundings they should also be turned into white ash like other particles. Before you leave the spot make it sure. Around your campfire area go around the surroundings two times and watch it properly. Ashes should be turned into white and should be ground.

  1. Your group friends

If you are heading your camping group, it’s your responsibility to engage your friends too in putting out the campfire. You should tell them to watch for the ashes that glow just douse them with water. As a team, people can easily tackle it and can put out the campfire. Tell your group mates to search ash particles around the campfire and try to grind it with their hand and soak with water. You may also divide your friends to perform various tasks in putting out a campfire.

  1. Check temperature

Have a look and check the temperature of that area where the campfire was. You should be able to touch it with no pain and without feeling any heat. Make it sure that the surrounding area is completely cool, if it’s not then repeat the above-mentioned process until the fire is fully out. You can also mix ember with water and use it until the pit is fully cooled. Always choose what you burn carefully. Avoid burning trash or pressure-treated wood. Burning anything else can release toxic chemicals and fumes.

  1. Safety first

You should bear it in mind that fire pits should always be at least 9 to 10 feet away from any structure, flammable surface, or any combustible things. Don’t overload fire pit with fuel, be careful that it doesn’t flare up suddenly. Pick up leaves, dry vegetation, and flammable things within a 10-20-foot radius around the fire pit, to make sure fire won’t accidentally spread. Even without contact with the flames, extreme heat can cause these liquids to ignite, so make sure there is absolutely no lighter fluid or gasoline in the area.

  1. Forest survey

In the United States of America according to a survey, 85% of wildfire is caused by the campfire, especially those that are not properly extinguished. It can destroy forests and can also harm wild animals if you are camping in a forest area. You have to put much water until the coal becomes cool. These survey also talks about how to extinguish campfire properly by using various syntax. In such cases, not only wildland is destroyed but often the campaigner may also burn himself or his friends may get burn.

  1. Get equipped

Before you start a campfire you should be equipped with all the necessary tools that can help you start a campfire and that can also help you in extinguishing campfire. Shovel and a container full of water should be with you during a campfire, or if the campfire is near a water source it would be very beneficial. You would have a lot of water. Keep a bucket with your tools. In case of any emergency, you can use that bucket to throw water on the fire immediately.

In a nutshell, make sure every particle of ash goes dead out. Try to soak these particles in water as much as possible.

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