Campfires are perhaps the most important element of the camping trip.  Campfires provide a source of heat; allow you too cook food and the best part of the campfire, relaxation!  Campfires give you that time to stare into the dancing flames and have a moment of peace in your otherwise busy life.  Don’t forget to look up. Campfires under the open starry sky are unsurpassed.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Adventure in Camping has answered about campfires:

Can I have a campfire at my campsite?  Generally, yes you may.  Some things you should consider include maintaining the campfire in the already established campfire ring or pit.  Most developed campsites will have an obvious spot where previous campers have enjoyed their campfires.  You should maintain your fire in the same spot.  You should also check with the local camphost or governing agency regulating the campground.  Most campgrounds in the Sierras are maintained by the US Forest Service.  In some cases, you may need to obtain a campfire permit.  These permits are generally free of charge and can be obtained at local ranger stations or through the host at the campground.

How much firewood will I need? A bundle of firewood is roughly .7 cubic feet or about 5-7 pieces of wood. Depending on how big your fire is and what type of wood you are using, you should be able to enjoy 1 to 1.5 hours per bundle of wood. Pine is generally sold in the Sierras but you may also find harder woods such as almond or oak. Be aware that while harder woods will burn longer they are usually harder to get going. As a general rule, plan on using 1 to 2 bundles of wood per night during your camping trip.

Where can I find firewood? Adventure in Camping sells firewood and can deliver to your campsite.  Most campground hosts also sell firewood and most grocery stores near the Sierras campgrounds also sell bundles of firewood.

Can I bring firewood from my house? You should avoid bringing firewood from outside the area.  Local trees are at risk from insects and diseases that move on firewood. Click here for more information.

I’m done with the campfire. Now what? It is your responsibility to make sure your fire is “dead out”.  Every year, forest fires are started by unintended events such as careless campfires. When you are finished with your campfire, use a shovel and water to put the fire completely out. Drown the campfire with water. Stir the ashes and embers using the shovel. Make sure everything is wet, turning the logs and coals. Lastly, feel over the coals and logs to ensure they are cool and are not likely to reignite.

Campfires are a wonderful time to reconnect with your friends, family, and nature. Being responsible with your campfire and firewood will help guarantee the forest will be around for years and years to come. Oh yeah, don’t forget the marshmallows!

READ MORE: Interested in checking out other campgrounds aside from the Sierras? Adventure in Camping also serves campgrounds at Mammoth Lakes, Bishop Area, and more!

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