34925Small fires in the wilderness
- Sep 8, 2013I realize fires of any kind are forbidden this year due to fire danger but I have heard that many purists believe fires should be restricted all of the time. If anyone has an opinion on this, I'd be interested in hearing why? (or why not?)I have made fires in the past... fires I jokingly like to call "little Indian fires". A little Indian fire is a fire created in a small hole using branches of 1/2 inch in diameter of less. I usually collect enough fuel to keep the fire going for about 1/2 hour or so. It's amazing how much warmth and cheer a 6 inch diameter fire will generate. When it burns out, I pour about 3 gallons of water on it, mix it up, and then bury it. This would normally be built in an existing fire ring of course.Fire is a normal, healthy process in the wilderness as we all know. Most forest fires are caused by natural phenomenon in fact. (Sadly, not the Rim fire though)Opinions?
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