Fire (Prohibited) on the Mountain

Very few festivals allow open fires anymore, and for good reason. 

I love a good campfire. The smell, staring into the flames, charring marshmallows beyond recognition, the spontaneous sing-alongs that happen when someone pulls out a guitar… Fire when camping is essential, right?

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I’m very sorry to have to tell you this- but few festivals allow open fires anymore, and for good reason. Close quarters, thousands of (less than sober) attendees, and very flammable tents are a dangerous combo.

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We’ve seen plenty of fire mistakes at festivals over the years that illustrate the need for campfire bans.  Once, during a particularly rainy weekend, an industrious young man used the rear lift gate of his mini-van to shelter his fire as he started it.  His helpful friend, trying to encourage the damp wood to catch, squirted lighter fluid directly into the tiny flames, sending a fireball up to the van’s hatch. Not all festival entertainment happens on a stage.

Here’s just a few of the fests that do NOT allow fires:

    • ARISE Music Festival

    • Bonnaroo

    • Bottle Rock

    • Camp Bisco

    • Coachella

    • Electric Forest

    • Euphoria Fest

    • Firefly (in grills only)

    • Highberry

    • Lockn’ Festival

    • Magnaball

    • Mullberry Mountain (former Wakarusa venue)

    • Peach Music Festival

    • Sasquatch!

    • Sonic Bloom

    • Summer Camp

    • Telluride Bluegrass Festival

It’s a bummer, I know.

But Festi-Camper- How will I know if  I should bring hot dogs and marshmallows?

Most festivals list fire information on their websites, typically under “Rules” or “FAQ”. Check these before you go! I’ve seen many a sad newbie eating cold wieners.  WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING??

(My favorite FAQ is on Phish’s Magnaball page. I’ve read more than my fair share of stern, cookie-cutter festival FAQ pages; this was the first to make me snort.)

You should still bring marshmallows. They’re yummy.

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Still, just because your festival allows fires, doesn’t mean that it’s the best plan for you. You’ll either have to buy wood at the festival ($$$), or bring your own.  Transporting firewood is problematic in itself, as:

  1. It takes up valuable room in your vehicle, and
  2. It’s illegal in some states due to Emerald Ash Borer spread.  Campfires are good, but not $1000 fine good.
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If you’re still trying to decide if a campfire is right for you, consult this handy infographic:

festicampersguide.com To fire or not to fire?

Happy Festi-Camping!

Please be Kind to your fellow campers -KT

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Fires no longer part of Festival life?

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