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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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