Protect our forests: Build a safe campfire

Every year we read about disastrous wildfires sweeping across vast swaths of our national forests, and even into heavily populated suburban and urban areas. You may not be able to prevent all these conflagrations, but you can help prevent some such disasters by properly managing your campfire. Building a safe and efficient campfire requires both art and skill, often…

Be prepared – and observant – when winter camping

A lot of you are winter campers, either as fulltimers or fair weather weekenders. But as you also know, there can be hidden or unknown dangers lurking in campgrounds that have been battered by not only the current season’s weather but also by the drought that has hit much of the country, damaging trees’ root…

How to build a safe and efficient campfire

The National Park Service reports that in the 2016 fire season as of September 21st twenty-two wildfires have burned more than 62,000 acres in Yellowstone National Park. This is the highest number of acres burned since the catastrophic 1988 fire that burned over 800,000 acres. Seven fires were the result of human activity such as campfires not being put…