When arriving at the campground, find out if there are any fire bans or restrictions at the park.
Do not bring firewood with you to the park. Buy firewood from the campground directly. Moving firewood can spread invasive species to our forests. Bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from your favourite campsite could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions of trees.
Firewood sold at campgrounds may be slightly more expensive, but the campground will ensure that the wood is safe and conveniently available for campers.
How to Safely Build a Campfire
Most campgrounds will have a fire pit available at each site. Please use this designated fire pit.
What you need:
• Tinder (shredded newspaper, cardboard, small sticks)
• Kindling (sticks smaller than 1″ around)
• Larger pieces of wood
Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire ring/pit.
Add kindling in one of these methods:
Tepee – Lay the kindling over the tinder like you’re building a tent. Light the centre.
Lean-to – Drive a long piece of kindling into the ground at an angle over the tinder. Lean smaller pieces of kindling against the longer piece.
Log Cabin – Surround your pile of tinder with kindling, stacking pieces in a square formation. Top the “cabin” with the smallest kindling.
Once you have built your fire:
- Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter
- Add more tinder as the fire grows
- Blow lightly at the base of the fire
- Add kindling and firewood to keep the fire going
- Keep the fire small and under control
- Never leave the fire unattended. Before you go to bed or leave your site, put the fire out with a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water nearby just case you need to put the fire out.
- Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire.
- Never burn pressurized cans, glass or aluminum cans.