I believe that the article by Kevin Callan about campfires is lacking in political correctness.
Sadly but true campfires should be viewed as a dying trend this day and age, unless very well managed (something that Kevin did not address).
What the document should have pointed out is the environmental impact that fires can cause but there was absolutely no mention of that.
As an avid camper for more then 20 years I have to admit that fire scars are one of my pet peeves.
I am so sick and tired to see popular campsites littered with the remains of fires!
How often have I come across sites that would be otherwise pristine that are instead blackened by coals.
Even when contained in fire rings (rarely the case) fires cause an environmental scar when people collect fire wood around the camp. As suggested by Kevin, the use of saws adds to the visual impact of manipulated natural surroundings.
For the love of nature, please refrain from having wood fires that are burned on the ground!
Further more there are many other issues with fires that I won’t mention right now.
As the outdoors world is shrinking and sees heavier usage, fires are these days not acceptable anymore.
A much more sensible alternative would be the use of large cans of molten wax and cardboard that simulate the visual appeal of the fire.
For a detailed description you can click on this link http://www.qldseakayak.canoe.org.au/?Page=10849
I hope that the American public can understand the environmental issues that campfires pose today and that we all have to work a bit harder to preserve the natural places that we love so much.
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Posted by: madmike on Dec-03-07 5:40 PM (EST)