You've had some time to consider how the picture from Thursday's blog could have had less impact on the environment. Here is a list of what we came up with:
1. Wood collected for burning (in areas where the regulations allow) should have the characteristics of the 4 D's-dead, down, dinky (smaller than your wrist, shorter than your forearm), and distant.
2. Established fire rings should always be used when available.
3. Burn wood to white ash. In front country areas, leave ash in the established fire ring. In back country settings grind small coals to ash between gloved hands, thoroughly soak with water, and scatter remains over a large area away from camp. (Note: In river corridors ashes may have to be packed out)
Here is a second look at the picture that we took this summer along the Diamond Fork River in Utah:
Thanks to Bear Leader and Russell Fruits for taking a second to comment on the impacts they saw in the picture. The school year is right around the corner, but fall weekends provide an amazing venue with crisp, cool nights that are perfect for gathering 'round the campfire. Enjoy these times and remember to Minimize Campfire Impacts as you do so!
Safe travels...Kate and Tracy