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by cl i f f jacobson GROUND RULES Rainy-Day Wisdom How to start a fire in the woods, even when it’s wet.


ON A BONE-DRY DAY or when there’s plenty of dry paper or fire-starter, anyone can make a fire. If the weather deteriorates to a persistent rain, they might get smoke. But that’s no guarantee they’ll get fire. Here’s how you can make a fire when the woods are wet with rain. This method isn’t fast, but it works with any kind


of wood—even damp wood. You’ll need a: fSharp knife. To split fine kindling, set the sharp- ened edge of the knife on the end of an upright


piece of wood then pound the spine through with a thick stick. Use a folding knife with a secure lock so the blade won’t close on your hand when you pound on the spine.


fFolding saw. fSmall hatchet to use as a splitting wedge, never as a chopper. First, collect your wood. Locate a dead, downed


tree, out-of-sight of tents, trails, and waterways. Saw off an arm-thick limb. Touch the sawed end of the limb to your cheek (the center should feel dry). Don’t worry if there’s a ring of wet wood near the bark; you’ll discard


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