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Campfire Safety Cheshire CT

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? To know how to build a campfire at a campsite, is one of the most important parts of camping. Here are helpful suggestions on how to do it along with some delicious recipes.

Totoket Valley MH & RV Park
(203) 484-0099
New Haven, CT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Laundry
Recreation
River Fishing

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Kettletown State Park
(203) 264-5169
Southbury, CT
Campground Availability
18-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Gentile''s Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 283-8437
223 Mount Tobe Road Route 262
Plymouth, CT
Campground Availability
110 Total Camp/RV Sites, 110 Electric and Water, 50 Full Hookups, 15 Pull-Thru Sites, 20 Seasonal,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

Little City Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 345-4886
741 Little City Road
Higganum, CT
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool,

Hidden Acres Family Campground*
(860) 887-9633
47 River Rd
Preston, CT
Campground Availability
May 01-Columbus Day
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketbal

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Black Rock State Park
(860) 283-8088
Thomaston, CT
Campground Availability
16-Apr thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Totoket Valley RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (203) 484-0099
244 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT
Campground Availability
17 Total Camp/RV Sites, 13 20 Amp Service, 13 30 Amp Service, 13 50 Amp Service, 17 Electric and Water, 13 Electric Only, 13 Full Hookups, 13 Sideouts,
Services
Cable TV, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site,
Recreation
Fishing,

Branch Brook Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 283-8144
435 Watertown Road
Thomaston, CT
Campground Availability
68 Total Camp/RV Sites, 36 30 Amp Service, 32 50 Amp Service, 68 Electric and Water, 68 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 1 No Hookups, 2 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Swimming Pool,

Pachaug State Forest (Mount Misery Campground)
(860) 376-4075
Voluntown, CT
Campground Availability
16-Apr thru 31-Dec
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Countryside RV Park*
(860) 376-0029
75 Cook Hill Rd.
Griswold, CT
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 09
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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How to Build a Campfire and Cook Delicious Treats on It


By Maxye Henry

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? Have a cookout or a sing-along at the campsite, tell stories and roast marshmallows or other treats. These tips will help keep you safe and cozy.

pot cooking over campfire

1. Know the Rules


Though it may be tempting to build a campfire where one is not permitted, camping rules and regulations were created for one reason: To keep you safe. Call ahead to make sure that campfires will be permitted where you want to stay. If not, and if having a campfire is important to you, you might want to find another park.

Keep in mind that fire rules can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions. If a park posts "No open fires due to dry or windy conditions," always be sure to comply for the safety of all.

2. Use Designated Fire Pits


If campfires are permitted, use the area that has been designated. These areas were chosen for a good reason (a good windbreak, good brush clearance, etc.). If there is not a formal fire area, make sure that your fire ring is surrounded by a circle of rocks large enough to keep wood and kindling contained so it won’t blow or tumble over the sides.

3. Clear Area of All Debris


Make sure there are no extraneous twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammables within several feet of your campfire. And don't forget to look up. Overhanging branches should be avoided.

4. Use the Right Wood


Different kinds of wood are needed to make a great campfire. Start by gathering a supply of all three:
∗ Tinder — small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass that will ignite easily will help get your fire going. (Never use flammable liquids to start a fire!)
∗ Kindling, or small sticks one-inch in diameter or less, go on next. Make sure to let your kindling get burning well.
∗ Fuel, or larger pieces of dry wood that will burn for longer periods of time.

Be sure to stack your wood in separate piles, well away from the fire area. Never pull branches off trees or cut living vegetation.

5. Don't Over-Build


Campfires can easily get away from you. Keep your campfire well within the borders of the pit, and keep it small to avoid sparking. You can always snuggle up to the fire (or each other) to keep warm.

6. Be Ready to Put it Out


Be sure to have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, nearby.

7. Be Safe


Enjoy your campfire, but be safe. Make sure an adult is present at all times, and discourage running or horseplay near a campfire.

8. Douse, Dredge and Dig


Before leaving the campsite, make sure that your campfire is completely out-and that means doing more than just dousing it with water once or twice. Douse with water, dredge up the fire to unc...

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