Now that you know how to light your fire, check out our 10 tips for building it up and keeping it going:
- Check in advance that the local authorities or prefectural authorities have not banned camp fires during this period. Please note in France, fires are prohibited within 200 m of woods, forests, plantations, heathland, maquis and bushland for everyone other than the owners and their beneficiaries.
- Choose a site sheltered from the wind and if possible near to a water source.
- Make your fire on a rocky surface or bare soil, far from stumps, trees and hanging branches, also make sure that you leave a significant space between the fire and your equipment (tents, bags, sleeping bags, food, etc.).
- Surround your fire with stones or, failing this, dig out a shallow hole in the ground in which to light the fire.
- In order to make your fire easier to control and extinguish, keep it small, i.e. the height and diameter of the flames must not exceed 1 m. This also makes it more practical for cooking food.
- Always keep a small water reserve nearby (bowl, flasks, pans, etc.).
When lighting your fire, use only paper or solid fire lighters. Never use inflammable liquid products.
- Naturally, do not throw any waste in the fire, particularly if it is made of plastic or aluminium!
- Never leave the fire unsupervised. Gather together all the elements that have come in contact with the fire in the fireplace and extinguish it, by pouring water on the embers at least twice before leaving the site or going to sleep. Make sure that there are no remaining hot points. Scatter any remaining wood if it has not come in contact with the fire. Clean up the area as much as possible.
- Finally, if you are with children, keep an eye on them while the fire is active and explain the dangers and risks of fires to them.