If you understand the basic principles, it will help to be able to build and maintain a fire. There are three components needed to start a fire: fuel, oxygen, and heat. This is called a fire triangle. If any one of the components is missing, a fire cannot occur. In addition, removing one of these components can reduce or extinguish a fire.
1. Fuel – is anything that will burn in a fire.
2. Oxygen – found in the air.
3. Heat – a catalyst to start the fuel and oxygen combustion.