Leave No Trace Tips: Minimize Campfire Impacts

As part of our regular feature on the seven Leave No Trace Principles, we’re featuring Principle #5: Minimize Campfire Impacts.

The use of campfires, once a necessity for cooking and warmth, is steeped in history and tradition. Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Campfire building is also an important skill for every camper. Yet, the natural appearance of many areas has been degraded by the overuse of fires and an increasing demand for firewood. The development of light-weight efficient camp stoves has encouraged a shift away from the traditional fire. Stoves have become essential equipment for minimum-impact camping. They are fast, flexible and eliminate firewood availability as a concern in campsite selection. Stoves operate in almost any weather condition, and they Leave No Trace.

The first thing to ask yourself is do I need a campfire. Click here to learn more about:

  • Lessening impacts when campfires are used
  • Using existing fire rings
  • Building a mound fire
  • Using fire pans
  • Firewood and cleanup
  • Safety

Learn more at Leave No Trace Canada.

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