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    Handling Fire Safely Outdoors: Now Is a Good Time to Review Your Know-How

    fileSummer's official start is still a month away, but the outbreak of wildfires in 6 Western states, most notably Colorado and Arizona, suggests that responsible outdoor-minded people, particularly with a holiday weekend approaching, would be wise to review safe fire-handling practices. The Colorado wildfire, affecting about 12 square miles, reportedly was started by the misuse of a camp stove, according to ABC News. Open fires, even the heat of a passing car, were cited as possible sources of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 21, 2012 5:22 PM & Tagged campfire safety, campfires, fire safety and wildfires | permalink | Comments

    Campfire Safety: A Few Tips Worth Reviewing

    filePretty please: Be careful with campfires this holiday weekend. Throughout the summer, too. We're beggin' ya. Summer will be that much sweeter if no additional wildfires become headline news in 2011. Some tips worth remembering from the REI Expert Advice article Campfire Basics:  • Know local fire regulations in advance. It's smart to call ahead to someone (campground manager; local forest district; backcountry ranger office) to learn if any fire restrictions are in place. • Gather only downed ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 1, 2011 11:38 AM & Tagged campfires and safety | permalink | Comments

    The Art and Science of S'mores

    fileHey campers, how well do you really know the s'more? Sure, it's the ubiquitous sweet treat that is fun to roast around the campfire and tastes great. But do you know the history of the s'more? Have you tried some of the daring (or, as some purists may say, heretical) variations of the classic chocolate/graham cracker/marshmallow s'more? For example, are you familiar with the "Russian matryoshka doll" technique? (Yes, as far as we know, this is still legal in every state.) Do you roast one using ...

    Posted by Steve T on June 20, 2011 12:51 PM & Tagged Rolla Roaster, Russian matryoshka doll, campfires, campgrounds, camping, chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows and s'mores | permalink | Comments

    REI Video: Everyone Loves a Good Campfire

    fileIn this fifth installment of the REI video series on family camping,  our families experience one of the laid-back highlights of camping: the evening campfire. Check it out:   For our previous videos in this series (videos 1 through 4) and a bevy of quick camping tips, visit the REI family camping page. Today's new tip shows you how to make a sweet camping treat: banana boats! ...

    Posted by Steve T on June 16, 2011 11:40 AM & Tagged Family & Car Camping, banana boats, campfires, camping, car camping, food and rei | permalink | Comments

    Wildfires Down in 2010; Tips for Maintaining That Trend

    fileWildfires are down significantly in 2010, reports the National Fire Interagency Center in Boise, Idaho. You can sustain that favorable trend by being careful with any campfires you have planned for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Ken Frederick, spokesman for the NIFC, tells The REI Blog that through the end of August the U.S. acreage burned by wildfires in 2010 is well below the totals burned in the past 3 years and stands at about 50% of the 10-year average. "The key thing is in June we had a ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on September 1, 2010 8:06 PM & Tagged NIFC, campfire basics, campfires, national interagency fire center and wildfires | permalink | Comments

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