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The Best Way to Put Out a Campfire

A good warm fire (Photo courtesy fritzmb/Flickr)

The Bitterroot National Forest fire restrictions are lifted just in time for general big game season,midnight Friday night/Saturday morning. However fire officials are reminding everyone that things are still very dry in the woods. Campers and hunters¬† should make sure their campfires are all the way out before they leave them. Here’s how;

    • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
    • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones.
    • Pour until hissing sound stops.
    • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
    • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers.
    • Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch.
    • If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

    REMEMBER: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

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