Tips for Building a Safe Campfire

Did You Know?

 

  • About 200,000 hectares of forest are burned each year - that's almost 375,000 football fields!
  • Forest fires can cost millions of dollars to put out.
  • Campfires cause a lot of these forest fires.

 

Shoreline viewIf you're going camping or plan to have a campfire, follow these tips so you can enjoy your campfire safely:

 

1. Choose a Site

 

  • Pick a site that is close to a water source and sheltered from the wind.
  • Build your fire on a rock surface or bare dirt.
  • Build your fire at least 3 metres away from logs, stumps, trees and overhanging branches.
  • Build your fire 15 metres away from buildings or tents.


2. Prepare the Site

 

  • Clear a space (about 2 metres wide) where the fire will be.
  • Make sure you remove pine needles, grass, leaves and twigs.
  • Scrape the area right down to the soil.
  • Be sure you have a pail of water and a shovel to control the fire.


3. Build Your Campfire

 

  • Keep your fire small - it shouldn't be bigger than 1 metre high and 1 metre wide.
  • Small fires are safer, easier to control and easier to put out.
  • A small fire will also keep your cooking tools from blackening and will let you get close enough to cook.

 

 

Kindling

Kindling

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Wood
Adding Wood


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting the Fire
Lighting the Fire


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What your campfire should look like
What your campfire should look like


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Stay Nearby

 

  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • If you start a campfire, you are responsible for tending the fire, ensuring it is kept under control and extinguishing it.

 

Enjoy your campfire then put it out.

 

 

Enjoy Your Campfire
Then...Put it Out!

 

 

Drown the fire with water
1. Drown the fire with water.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals
2. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour water over it a second time.
3. Pour water over it a second time.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hold your hand above it to make sure that the ashes have cooked.

4. Hold your hand above it to make sure that the ashes have cooked.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't leave the site until you are sure the fire is completely out. women checking if campfire is completely out