Lightweight and Ultralightweight Backpacking

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Panoramic view from a mountain top in Glacier National Park, Montana

The 10 Essentials

10 Essentials: Is the fire "dead out"?

The time and place to practice how to put your fire "dead out" is while you are still at your local park.

Putting a fire "dead out" is not obvious: If it is still smoking, it is not out. If the coals are still hot, it is not out.

I use a "green stick" to turn over the burnt leftovers. I don't pour all the water on at once because that drives hot coals down into the dirt. The fire could emerge again, after you have left the area. I pour some water, and again, some more. Near the end, I hold my hand closely over the remaining coals. I pour on more water, and again, until the fire is "dead out".

Perhaps you have seen these signs in the U.S. National Forests?

This is what it means

not this!

The coals may hold heat enough to restart a fire. Fore that reason, do not put your fire on forest debris, and, do not cover or scatter coals.

This is the reason for wood-gaz stove designs for burning wood to wood ash.

10 Essentials: first Aid

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