Summer fun in the backyard or campsite is made warm and toasty by building a bonfire. Break out the dogs and marshmallows, gather friends and get to building!

Clear a space: Keep clear of overhanging branches and ground cover.

Dig the pit: Create a slight depression to better control the fire.

Set a perimeter: Use rocks to set the boundary of your fire.

Fill a bucket: Make sure you have some water and an extinguisher nearby.

Gather the tinder: Make a bed of dry leaves, bark, grass and small bits of wood that ignite easily.

Collect some firewood: Get 20 to 25 pieces of dry wood. Wet wood makes smoke.

Make a teepee: Lean pieces of smaller kindling wood together and then make the structure bigger with firewood.

Light the match: Use a match or lighter on the tinder to get things started.

Add more wood: As wood disintegrates, add more to keep the structure secure.

Extinguish the blaze: Sprinkle, don’t pour, extinguishing slowly. Don’t flood and you can use again.

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Jess Bennett leads a dynamic team in overseeing all facets of About magazine, Stark County's award-winning lifestyle monthly, and other specialty publications. Bennett was previously the director of marketing and events for the Canton Regional Chamber, where she directed all advertising, marketing, PR and web, including promotion and publicity for more than 70 events annually. She is the founder and volunteer executive director for Indigo Ink Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house in Canton. She currently serves on the board of the YWCA of Canton, is a winner of the ‘Thrive Under 35′ marketing award and the Twenty Under 40! award, presented by ystark! and The Repository.

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