Ensure your campfire has minimal impact. If a campfire is important to you:
High altitudes are susceptible to wood that burns hot and fast. The wet environment can also be very dry in the summer months. Know what the fire restrictions are in your camping destination before thinking of starting a fire.
Find San Juan National Forest fire restrictions here.
Find city/county fire restrictions here.
There are best practices for how to safely have a fire once you know there are no fire restrictions in place.
Fire pans are metal oil pans or aluminum roasting pans that make good containers for low-impact fires. They can be purchased at any outdoor retailer or online.
Propane grills are another option to consider. They offer much more flame containment when used properly. Travel grills and Jetboils are great options for backcountry, low-impact cooking, and heat.
Fire Rules to Live By:
Manage your campfire. No matter which fire-building technique you employ, the following guidelines will ensure that your fire is safe and leaves as little impact as possible:
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