Some high-elevation wilderness destinations prohibit campfires. Why? The reasons include:
Elevation prohibitions vary by park and agency. Ask locally in advance for fire regulations at your destination.
Campfires, though, can be lifesavers in emergency situations. If you are wet, cold, without a working stove and unable to find shelter, a fire can help you fight off hypothermia. Follow these guidelines when building a fire in the backcountry.
Campfires are 1) fun in campgrounds, 2) many times restricted in high-elevation wilderness settings and 3) often vital in emergencies. If you build a fire, it is your responsibility to know how to build it, maintain it, extinguish it, then minimize any impact it creates. Happy camping, and please be safe.
For related information, visit the Leave No Trace project homepage.
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: 10/23/2013
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