How Far Should a Campfire be From a Tent?
One of the great attractions of camping is being outdoors, next to nature, enjoying the fresh air and a campfire. Sitting around a warm and glowing campfire, enjoying a drink and the company of other campers is something that most people enjoy and appreciate.
But having a campfire in the proximity of a tent can be risky if you get things wrong and you’ll need to consider the position of your fire and tent. So, how far should a campfire be from a tent?
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Why do you need to keep the campfire away from tents?
If your imagination cannot go far enough to imagine how a tent may suddenly catch fire, some ways in which campfires have gone out of control in the past are described below.
If the wind changes direction all of a sudden, an unattended fire could engulf the tents in the campsite and everything else with it.
An overhead branch or hanging foliage could catch fire and turn a small campfire into an uncontrollable blaze.
Children playing near the campsite could fall into the fire if accidentally pushed or shoved.
Flying embers could make holes in tents, often burning them completely.
What is the ideal place to start a campfire?
What we’ve gone through above are ways how a campfire can go horribly wrong and how to avoid that scenario. But one wonders, what is the ideal place to start a campfire?
Let’s have a look!
A fire ring if it is available at the camping site.
A clearing with no hanging trees or foliage.
A place that is at least fifty feet away from the campsite.
Be aware of dry grass and undergrowth which can easily catch fire in dry weather and can quickly spread.
Clear away any debris from the area where you plan to have your campfire to reduce the risks.