In my long career of shooting bullets into living creatures, I’ve only twice needed a fire. Both times the locale was Montana; both times I was hunting with someone else; and both times we were not in trouble but it was so freezing cold that we decided that a fire might be nice before we did get into trouble. However, before I go any further, I have to point out that the best piece of writing, ever, on starting a blaze when your life is on the line is Jack London’s To Build a Fire. Read it.
I’ve noticed that in Alaska, before they leave their cabins for the day, thoughtful wilderness dwellers lay a fire in their stoves so that if they come stumbling back, frozen half to death, they will not have to build one. All they have to do is strike a match.
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