Did you know that Canada has about 10% of the world’s forests? Each year
over the last decade, about 7,400 forest fires have occurred.
Fire suppression costs over the past decade range from 500 million to 1 billion
dollars per year. 58% of fires are caused by people (either intentionally
or accidentally), and 42% are caused by lightning.
We’ve compiled a list of tips on how to have a safe campfire:
10 Tips to Building a Safe Campfire:
1. Build your fire at least three metres away from logs, stumps, or trees,
and at least 15 metres away from buildings. It should be downwind, and away
from your tent.
2. Clear a space one metre around your campfire site, removing any leaves,
twigs, or flammable debris.
3. Where an existing fire ring is not available, build it on bare rock, or
scrape the site down to mineral soil or non-combustable material.
4. Make sure that there is at least a three metre space between the top of
your fire and any overhanging branches.
5. Keep your fire small. The forest is not a place for large bonfires, and
smaller fires are better for cooking. Yours shouldn’t be any taller or
wider than one metre.
6. Your fire should always be attended by a responsible adult.
7. Have a shovel or pail of water handy in the event that you need to extinguish the fire quickly.
8. NEVER use gasoline to start a fire.
9. Always obey park service regulations in regard to campfires.
10. Make sure your campfire is completely extinguished before going to bed
or leaving your campsite.