Today’s Fire Danger Level: HIGH (No Marshmallows!)
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All open burning, including recreational fires, is banned when the fire index is at the high, very high or extreme level and any time during a red flag warning. To check the current fire index or red flag warning status, visit NDResponse Fire Danger Awareness.
On the other hand, just because Smokey says the fire danger is low, this does not permit you to have a campfire anywhere. That is ultimately up to local governmental agencies, and it is your responsibility to check with them on fire restrictions or bans.
If fire danger is high and there are no bans or restrictions, it may not be a good idea to have a campfire. If you choose to do so, you will need to be extra attentive to the surrounding area and be prepared to put the fire out immediately if conditions warrant it.
While this means thousands of acres of public access, recreation, trails, and campgrounds, it also means that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Mid-summer the daily temperatures rise into the 80s and 90s and chances of precipitation is low. Combine this with afternoon winds and the occasional thunderstorm, increased fire dangers are present.
For most people, food is the largest source of arsenic, although much of this is likely to be in the less dangerous, organic form. The highest levels of arsenic (in all forms) in foods can be found in seafood, rice, rice cereal (and other rice products), mushrooms, and poultry, although many other foods, including some fruit juices, can also contain arsenic.
A 2013 study in the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology found exposure to wood smoke causes the arteries to become stiffer, which raises the risk of dangerous cardiac events. For pregnant women, a 2019 study in Environmental Research connected wood smoke exposure to a higher risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, which include preeclampsia and gestational high blood pressure.
For individuals, a report from the United States Fire Administration indicates that summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire-related injuries and deaths. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself and your loved ones while still having a great time.
These sweet treats are very high in sugar. In fact, marshmallows are about 40 percent sugar. That is a lot of sugar for any animal to consume, let alone a small dog. Dogs of any size who eat too much sugar can develop diabetes, obesity, and other health problems.
In addition to being high in sugar, marshmallows also contain xylitol. This danger to dogs is a sugar alcohol that is often used as a sweetener in sugar-free products. It is safe for humans to consume, but it can be very dangerous for dogs. When dogs eat products containing xylitol, their blood sugar levels drop rapidly. This can lead to weakness, loss of coordination, seizures, and even death. For this reason, it is best to avoid giving your dog marshmallows (or any other food containing xylitol) altogether.
So, can dogs eat marshmallows? No, they cannot. Marshmallows are bad for dogs because they are high in sugar and contain xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs. If you are looking for a safe and healthy treat for your dog, there are plenty of other options out there. Check with your veterinarian to find out which treats are best for your pup!
Red flag warnings are issued by the National Weather Service whereas fire restrictions are issued by the U.S. Forest Service. These warnings apply to both public and private lands within the warning area and indicate ideal weather conditions for the start and spread of wildfires. Weather conditions include low humidity and high winds. Check for Colorado red flag warnings here.
If you're in the backcountry, and especially during high-risk times, it's best to avoid having a campfire altogether. Oftentimes campfires are prohibited above a certain elevation or near certain bodies of water.
While hikers need to understand the potential dangers of encountering a wildfire, smoke from wildfires can also pose a hazard. The state Department of Ecology issues daily updates on air quality using a scale ranging from good to hazardous, and they're worth checking if you're considering a hike anywhere near active wildfires.
Unfortunately, in many areas, wood fires are banned for a variety of reasons. The most obvious, perhaps, is the matter of dry conditions that can make traditional fire pits dangerous, as well as the fact that the transport of firewood can move pests and diseases from area to area.
This again depends on the BTU rating of the propane fire pit, but some can give off a substantial amount of heat, particularly if they put out more than 10,000 BTUs. The higher the BTU rating, the more heat the unit will put out and the larger area it will warm.
Basically, there should be a way to adapt the fire pit to be able to connect. Just be aware that you'll want to (1) connect it to the high-pressure side of the onboard propane supply (since the fire pit's regulator is expecting to receive full-pressure propane) and (2) that all of the connections can support the full flow of propane that a fire pit will need to burn fully (some connections may be designed for lower pressure, and therefore lower flow, than others... so be aware). 2b1af7f3a8