Fire for Survival

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Fire for Thermal Regulation

Without fire, long-term survival is difficult at best.  There are many primitive methods for creating fire; however, carrying a butane lighter is a quick way to make fire and being able to make fire quickly will go a long way to improve your survival attitude.

Fire Provides the Ability to:

  1. Prevent and Reverse the Effects of Hypothermia
  2. Deter Insects and Wildlife
  3. Purify Water
  4. Cook Food

In addition to obvious practical applications, fire provides a distinct psychological advantage  to reduce stress, fear or anxiety and increase comfort.

Boiling Water

Fire is essential to make water safe to drink. Boiling is effective at removing impurities (bacteria, viruses and parasites) from water 100% of the time. Be cautious because boiling alone may not remove some chemicals that may be present in urban environments. Toxic chemicals can be removed through the process of distillation even in a survival circumstance.

Cooking Food

Like water, food sources are safer to eat after cooking. Some people may be unable or unwilling to eat uncooked food until they have become very weak and malnourished. Cooking food can make it more palatable and boost morale. Cooking food promotes increased physical and psychological wellbeing.


Finally, fire deters wild animals and insects. It provides increased safety, particularly at night, from animals that might mistake you for their next meal. Wild animals are more likely to keep their distance when you have a well stoked fire. By reducing the number of insects, fire increases your level of comfort and ability to rest. Getting proper rest is essential to muscle recovery and mental acuity during the already challenging ordeal of a survival situation.

Remain cautious when making fire. Fires should never be left unattended if at all possible. It only takes one ember to ignite an inferno. Be aware of your surroundings and remember to completely extinguish a fire if you are forced to move on. Make sure that you have proper exhaust when fires are built near or inside of enclosed areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.