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Most campgrounds have fire rings at each site. The smoke from campfires pollutes our environment so we ask that you please limit your use of campfires to cooking and warmth. Where possible use firewood purchased from the campground and always observe local burning regulations. Never leave a campfire unattended. Please do not move firewood from one location to another as it can spread pests and disease. Occasionally campfire bans are implemented in extreme dry weather conditions. For information visit bcwildfire.ca. Please note that propane firepits and cooking devices can be used during a campfire ban unless specifically prohibited.
For many campers a campfire is an intimate bond with nature that is linked to a set of unique traditions. For some, it recalls warm childhood memories of times spent with family sharing stories, singing songs or roasting marshmallows.
When there is a fire restriction campers can still enjoy an authentic campfire experience by using a portable campfire device that is CSA or ULC approved, as a safe alternative. The flame length of portable campfires should not exceed 15 centimetres (6 inches). Portable campfires are spark and smoke free and provide campers with comfort and heat. Many include a cooking rack allowing campers to make cowboy coffee or cook with a skillet.
Portable campfires can be purchased at local hardware, camping or RV retailers.
When building a campfire, always have the fire inside a campfire ring to protect the surrounding area from the danger of spreading fire. The key to a successful and safe campfire is to start small and gradually build it bigger so it remains contained within its designated area.
Materials for a campfire:
Kindling: Small, thinly split/chopped wood no bigger than 1″.
Fuel: Larger pieces of wood or small logs (fuel): Dry logs or large pieces of wood 1″-10″ in diameter.
For the base layer use kindling and scrunched paper if available. If using small twigs and they do not snap easily, they are probably too green and will not burn well.
Place a couple of handfuls of dry tinder loosely into the middle base of the campfire pit.
Put your back to the wind to protect the lighting flame from extinguishing this applies whether using matches or lighter.
Ignite the bottom of the tinder. Remember fire burns up. Add more dry tinder as necessary.
Blow gently at the base of the fire to increase size of fire and intensity of heat.
Once the kindling has started to burn, place larger pieces of wood over the kindling. Put it close enough to allow fire to catch but far enough away to ensure circulation of air flow between the pieces of kindling.
As fire catches the smaller pieces of kindling, gradually add larger pieces. Dry kindling works best, but if you only have wet kindling, the tinder will need to burn longer to dry it out.
After the fire has started to catch the larger pieces of kindling, add larger chopped wood, which will fuel your fire.
Be sure there is enough space for oxygen to pass through the fire and wood.
Most effective of all fire types but burns through wood quickly. This fire type has concentrated heat in one spot that works well for quick cooking.
Effective for burning wet and green wood.
Lay the pieces of kindling and larger chopped wood over your tinder like a tepee, cone shaped. The outside walls of the teepee will fall inward and feed the fire.
The hottest point of the tepee is at the top where oxygen combusts into fire. It is a good idea to place sticks and wood with thicker ends at the top of the teepee fire.
A long lasting fire with coals is good for cooking. This type of fire provides an even amount of temperature due to its square and uniform shape.
Build four walls in the shape of a square around the teepee, laying the logs or larger pieces of wood (the fuel) inwards in an alternating direction.
Try to build a chimney effect, which sucks air through the bottom exiting an intense flame at the top. Make sure that the walls have enough space from base of campfire pit up for flow of oxygen.
Before building a campfire in British Columbia, there are certain provincial rules that campers need to follow. Failure to comply with these rules could result in a $345 fine. An additional $345 fine would be levied for campfires being lit during a ban.
To report a forest or unattended fire in British Columbia call *5555 on your mobile phone or toll free 1-800-663-5555. This is a free province-wide emergency number.
Online at: www.campingrvbc.com/how/campfires/campfires/
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