In many survival situations, the ability to start a fire can make the
difference between living and dying. Fire can fulfill many needs. It can
provide warmth and comfort. It not only cooks and preserves food, it also
provides warmth in the form of heated food that saves calories our body
normally uses to produce body heat. You can use fire to purify water,
sterilize bandages, signal for rescue, and provide protection from animals.
It can be a psychological boost by providing peace of mind and
companionship. You can also use fire to produce tools and weapons.
Fire can cause problems, as well. The enemy can detect the smoke and
light it produces. It can cause forest fires or destroy essential equipment.
Fire can also cause burns and carbon monoxide poisoning when used in
Weigh your need for fire against your need to avoid enemy detection.