Hey, campers! 🔥🏕️
We've all been there – nestled around a crackling campfire, roasting marshmallows, when suddenly a gust of wind sends flames dancing a little too close for comfort. While campfires can create some of our most cherished camping memories, they also come with responsibilities. In today's post, we'll guide you through what to do if your campfire starts to get out of hand, ensuring you're prepared to keep those memories fond, and not, well, fiery.
Before diving into the 'what to do', let's emphasize the 'what NOT to do'.
Always have these on hand:
Stay Calm: Panic won’t help. Deep breaths, focus, and think about your next steps.
Douse With Water: Pour water around the edge of the fire, moving towards the center. Remember, it's the embers you need to watch out for – they can fly out and ignite nearby foliage.
Smother With Sand/Dirt: If you don’t have water handy, or it’s not doing the trick, use sand or dirt. Again, start at the edge and move inwards.
Never Leave it Unattended: Even if you think it's under control, never walk away from a fire that's not completely out. Those sneaky embers can re-ignite when you least expect it.
If the fire continues to spread rapidly, it's time to call 911. Never be embarrassed to call for help; it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Once you've safely dealt with your unruly campfire:
Our little adventures into the wild are meant to rejuvenate and inspire us, not to cause anxiety. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can ensure your campfire tales stay delightful – not frightful.
And while we're on the topic of preparation, before you even strike that match, make sure you're stocked up on local firewood to protect our environment from invasive species. Wondering where to get some? Check out stacked.camp for local sources. And always be sure to check for any fire bans or restrictions in your camping area. We've got that info too!
Happy (and safe) camping, everyone! 🔥🌌🏕️