How to Build a Fire in the Unforgiving Wilderness When it’s Raining

The best thing about survival knowledge is the fact that you most probably will never have to use it. It’s one of those things you need just in case. As an added benefit you can use some of the things you learn in your everyday life or at least when you go out camping. One of the most important things you must learn if you want to be able to survive in the wilderness is to learn how to build fire in every situation. Fire is the cornerstone of survival it is used for warmth and can be used as a weapon if needed. Keep in mind though that all animals are afraid of fire, and there is a perfectly good reason for that. If you don’t look after your fire it might spiral out of control in a matter of minutes.

Usually when you go out camping you are well supplied and you actually have a lot of means to build up fire. But say you got stranded, you lose your gear and you need to survive in he woods for some time. Building fire is not that hard when everything is dry, but if it rains you need to have a special trick up your sleeves.

The first thing you will need is something to burn. Since you are in the forest this won’t be too hard. The hard part is to find something that actually burns when it’s raining so using leaves won’t do you any good. You can use pine needles instead. They are easy to start fire with even when it’s raining, because they don’t absorb a lot of water and can be easily dried. If you aren’t in a coniferous forest you can use bark. You can find dry bark easily on the side of any tree, but the best one for starting fires is Birch bark, because it burns even wet, thanks to the oils inside in it. Even if the outer layer of the bark is wet, the inner parts are dry and you can scrape them off. The same goes for shavings of wet sticks as well. The most important thing is to keep these tinder dry and warm so creating a fire would be easier.

Your next step is to find some kindling. This is a bit harder, but not impossible. Since the kindling must be dry you should check first in places where there could be some kind of shelter such as bushes, tree trunks, or places where boulders create some dry shelter. You should collect some bigger woods as well if they are dry, or just a bit wet. Since when you start the fire you will need bigger woods to burn to keep the fire going. When you think you have gathered enough wood for your fire, double it and you are ready to start. Just one more step before the ignition – place a bark on the ground, so the moist in the soil won’t stop your attempts to crate your fire.

Congrats, you are ready to start your fire. But before you do, you must first find the right place to start it. After all building a fire under the rain is pointless. The best possible place is in a small cave. Be sure though that there aren’t any animals living there. If they are, and you start a fire in the entrance they will attack you, because they will feel trapped inside the cave. You can also find big rock, leaning forward and creating shelter from the rain. If you have a tarps of some kind you can place it between two branches and create your own shelter. In this case be sure to put the tarps high enough so it won’t catch fire.

If it’s raining there is almost no chance of you starting a wildfire, nevertheless be careful not to place the fire under bushes or trees, even if they are wet.

Knowing this will help you if by any chance you get stuck in the woods without any gear. But let’s hope you will never need it. It’s best to always go prepared to the woods and avoid survival.