Senior NOLS Instructor Marco Johnson offers Outside Online’s “Gear Guy” some tips on how to camp responsibly during fire season. From knowing your stove to bringing a ground cover and baking with a twiggy fire, take these steps to safely manage fire hazards in the backcountry this summer.
“Given the miserable winter the West had this year, camping this summer feels like pitching a tent in the middle of a tinderbox. You need to be extra safe when cooking or working with flames in the backcountry. And in a lot of places, you probably shouldn’t (or can’t) have a fire to begin with.
For tips on how to avoid starting a forest fire, plus the gear you’ll need, I interviewed Marco Johnson, who has worked and taught wilderness courses at NOLS in Wyoming for more than 30 years. Here, his pointers for making doubly sure you leave the wild as you found it: unburned.”