Campfires in the Summer

campfireThere are many different types of campers. You’ve got your glampers who need an air mattress and a white noise machine just to sleep outdoors. Then you have the gearheads who will talk the night away about how much their cups weigh and why they brought 7 different jackets with them. Of course, there are the old school campers who believe that all you need is a canvas tarp, a bedroll, and a knife, and that camping should be reserved for silent reflections in nature.

But while there are many different types of campers, they all share one common belief: a campfire is essential to camping no matter what season it is.

Campfires in the summer are just as important as a campfire in the winter. A campfire isn’t just meant to provide warmth. It’s a source of entertainment, it’s a light source, it’s a means of cooking food, it’s what makes camping, camping. However, campfires in the summer tend to require more thought and attention than campfires in other seasons.

Fires should always be watched and tended responsibly, but this is especially true during the summer. So why do summer campfires require more attention?

There is more potential for mishap with summer campfires. This is true for a couple of reasons.

  1. Plants are thick and thriving during the summer, which means that there is more material that can catch fire.
  2. Summer can sometimes bring drought, making the surrounding area more flammable.

To keep your fire from getting out of control, you should keep a few things in mind.

  • Always check for burn bans, especially during droughts.
  • Never start a campfire under, or in close proximity to, trees.
  • Do not start a campfire around tall grass, or other things that could easily catch fire.
  • Dig a fire pit and build a rock ring to contain your campfire.
  • Consider the wind. Keep you fire small and build a windscreen if it’s windy.
  • Never leave campfires unattended.
  • Avoid giant campfires during the summer.
  • Always have water on hand in case a fire gets out of control.
  • Completely put out fires before turning in for the night. It’s tempting to leave some embers burning for a quick and easy morning fire, but it’s not worth the risk of starting a forest fire in the middle of the night.

Also, be sure to avoid accidentally putting poisonous plants on your campfire. Toxins from poisonous plants can be inhaled in smoke from fires, which can cause a severe allergic reaction.

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