I think that if you asked most people across
when the most dangerous time of year is for wildfire they would say the summer. Which seems to be a logical since that is when it is the hottest. Virginia
Actually here in
spring and fall are the times when we are most concerned with wildfires. This is not implying that we can not have significant wildfires in the summer but usually those dangerous times do not last for any great length of time. Virginia
Actually here in
Most of the deep south continues to deal with increased wildfires and drought conditions. The rains we have been getting every week to 10 days is welcomed and keeping our fire activity down. It will not take but for us to miss one of these rain events to dramatically increase the potential for wildfires.
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Be Cautious with Fall and Winter Campfires
Fall time is an exciting time of the year for outdoor enthusiasts. Hunting season will soon be here.
One of the nice things about fall hunting is building a nice campfire to heat some food, make tea or coffee or simply to warm up.
The last thing you are probably thinking about is campfire safety when it’s this cold. So, you pull up under the shelter of a big old tree, forcing your cold-stiffened fingers to build a fire. The fire does the trick and you get back to enjoying the great outdoors and, in some cases, leaving your campfire to burn out on its own.
So, if you are building campfire for food or warmth this fall or winter, here are a few tips to make your campfire safer. Build your fire on rock, clay or sand; keep your fire small and make sure the fire you have enjoyed is dead out before you get back to whatever activity you were enjoying.
- Keep fires small.
- Don't scar tress, living or dead, by snapping branches off.
- Use only dead and downed wood.
- Manage your campfire.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Don't try to burn foil-lined packets, leftover food, or other garbage that will have to be removed later.
- Burn wood completely to ash.
- Stop feeding the fire and give yourself and hour or more to add all the unburned stick ends.
- Saturate the ash with water.
- You should be able to touch the fire area with your bare hand - "DEAD OUT".
- Scatter all the ashes widely with a small shovel or pot lid.
- Restore the appearance of the fire site.
- Consider using a stove instead of a campfire.