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How to build a fire — with or without matches

Whether you’re out camping, or in a survival scenario, you should know how to build a fire.

Find a dry patch of ground 4 feet wide. Build a ring with rocks, or dig down a few inches. This will keep the fire insulated.

Use paper, dry grass, or pine needles as tinder. Pile loosely in the center, and top with kindling. If the kindling is wet, you’ll need more tinder.

If you have a lighter or matches, ignite the tinder, and gently blow on the fire.

If you don’t have a lighter or matches, use friction to create an ember. You can make sparks with flint and steel.

You can also use a lens to harness the sun’s light. As the kindling catches, gradually add more

Next, add firewood. Arrange the pieces in teepee shape

This fire will burn hot and quickly. Be sure to keep it fed.

Stay warm!

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