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5 Tips to Help Start a Fire with Wet Wood 

In a camping or survival situation, needing to start a fire with wet wood can be a bit of a nightmare. However, in urgent situations where your surrounding environment is wet and potentially cool, it’s important to be able to get that life-saving warmth going.  Can You Start A Fire With Wet Wood?  The short …

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How to Start a Fire with a Magnifying Glass

Starting a fire with a magnifying glass is essential for survivalists or avid outdoorsmen. Why a magnifying glass? It works as an excellent substitute for starting fires in the absence of matches or a lighter. When you’ve exhausted your lighter fuel and matches and your fire steel is worn down, a magnifying glass could be the …

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How to Make a Fire Ring to House Your Fire

Fire is an essential component to surviving in the outdoors, and everyone should know how to start a fire without the use of matches. Something that people often overlook in regards to starting a fire is the fire pit or fire ring inside which they’ll be building their fire. Having a good fire ring to …

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Heating With Fire

If you plan to use a fire on the inside of your shelter as a heat source, carefully plan how it will be tended. Make sure your shelter has proper ventilation at all times to allow smoke to escape, and to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. In some types of shelters such as debris shelters, it would probably be wiser to build your …

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Wildfire Safety

Evacuation Tips If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Know your evacuation route ahead of time and prepare an evacuation checklist and emergency supplies. Wear protective clothing and footwear to protect yourself from flying sparks and ashes. Before You Leave, Prepare Your House Remove combustibles, including firewood, yard waste, barbecue grill, and fuel cans from …

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Fire Safety

Do not attempt to use a fire inside your shelter for warmth. Build fires downwind and well away from a flammable shelter. Maintain at least a three-foot clear area, free of leaves, dry grass, pine needles, etc., around the fire. Store extra firewood / tinder at least 6 feet away from the burning fire. Store flammable liquids outside and well away from …

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Fireman’s Chair Knot

A Fireman’s Chair Knot, also known as the Handcuff Knot is an inline knot with two adjustable loops in opposing directions. To Tie a Fireman’s Chair Knot: Make a half hitch. Right under left. Loop away from you. Make a second hitch. Again, right under left. Bring right hitch on front of left hitch. Pull …

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The V Fire

This V fire lay is a modified version of the long fire. The way the V fire is arranged allows you to either block strong winds, or take advantage of light breezes. During high wind conditions, the part of the lay where the two logs come together is placed in the direction from which the winds …

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