Learn how to put out a campfire the right way, from an expert.
There are tens of thousands of YouTube videos showing folks how to start a fire in the wild, but not nearly as many that show what to do when you’re done with it.
From the ESRD Alberta wildland firefighters come these quick pointers.
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Granted, this video shows a campfire in a fire ring, but a wilderness fire can be put out with the same principles.
What can you do if there’s no available water or shovel?
First, if you don’t have water at your campsite, a fire may be the least of your problems. Put simply, don’t start a fire unless you have water on hand or easily accessible nearby, with a bucket or other transport device at the ready.
And instead of a shovel, a stiff branch or metal cooking utensil can work to stir the coals, but might take a little more effort. Try using two, one in each hand, to get the job done.
Do you have any other ideas for making sure your fires are completely out before sleeping or leaving your site?