How to Getaway

How to Build a Campfire and Campfire Safety Tips

There’s nothing quite like roasting s’mores or cooking dinner over an open fire while spending time in nature. That’s why we try to make the process of starting a fire easy, even for those who have never built one, by providing everything you need to build your campfire.

At the same time, it’s important to remember that millions of wildland acres burn unintentionally each year, and the great majority (90%) of forest fires are caused by humans. To ensure that as many people as possible can experience the wonder of nature far into the future, we are dedicated to wildfire prevention and helping our guests practice safe campfire practices.

Each cabin fire pit has already been appropriately located and built, and we provide the rest of the necessary materials to start a campfire. Our kits, available at each cabin for a small fee, include a log bundle and firestarter.

Before building your fire, it’s important to abide by local fire regulations, as some regions suffer from droughts, during which fire bans are put in place. We notify guests when a burn ban is in place and provide alternatives, including grills or charcoal, to ensure you can safely enjoy your Getaway.

Please only use the firewood in the starter kit to build your fire. Never use wood or kindling from around your cabin. These are often homes for birds and other wildlife, and doing so can result in a $100 fine.

Here’s our recommendation for setting up your logs:

  1. Place the firestarter (no need to unwrap it) in the center of the fire pit. Lay one log alongside it.
  2. Create a “lean-to” structure by placing 3 more logs across the firestarter, leaning them against the first log.
  3. Use the provided lighter to light the firestarter. NEVER use lighter fluid or other flammable materials.

Cooking tip: also suggest wrapping aluminum foil (stored under your sink) around the cooking grill before your fire gets going.

The fire needs oxygen to start, so blow air at the base of the fire to help the kindling and firewood catch and increase the flame. Continue to stoke the fire by adding more wood, but don’t let the campfire get too big. And never leave a fire unattended.

After you’ve basked in the glow of the fire you built, you still have one last crucial step – to extinguish the fire.

To do this, pour water on the fire, then stir the ashes. Repeat as necessary, until the ashes are cool to the touch. (Don’t use the cabin fire extinguisher.)

Remove any food, cooking gear, or trash from around the campfire – and never attempt to burn plastic, foil or cans.

Fires are a fun and an important part of the camping experience, but it’s even more important to respect the natural setting you’re in when you enjoy one.  

Before checking in for the night or checking out from your Getaway, make sure your fire is completely extinguished and that no embers are exposed and still smoldering. Remember: if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.