Build a Bonfire!
In the days of Bar Kokhba, Roman troops lit bonfires on hilltops and towers to be used as signals. Jews were forbidden to light bonfires, lest it become a military tactic. In Israel, people celebrate Lag Ba’Omer by lighting the once prohibited bonfires.
You can build your own bonfire in a park, campground, or on a beach.
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Rocks or a safe enclosure for your fire
Leaves or wood shavings, newspaper
Larger pieces of wood or logs
Water or dirt to safely extinguish fire
Build a Fire Ring
Draw a circle in the ground with a stick. Clear all flammable material from the circle.
Surround your cleared circle with rocks to contain the fire.
Collect Fire Wood
You will need some small twigs and dry leaves to start the fire. Some small sticks to catch fire.
Larger pieces of wood or logs to burn.
Build Your Campfire
Arrange your logs into a teepee shape.
Pile your smaller sticks, twigs and leaves on the top to start the fire.
Light Your Campfire
Strike a match and start burning the leaves and small sticks. Blow on the fire to add oxygen and help it burn.
As the bigger sticks catch fire, move them around as needed to help them burn better.
Extinguish Your Campfire
Pour water over your campfire.
Stir the embers and keep pouring water over them. If you don’t have water you can do this with earth.
Leave a Clean Campsite
Place all of your trash in a bag and take it with you.