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Don't start a fire without first building a fire ring. There are a number of way of doing this. The most common is to place rocks in a 3 foot diameter or larger circle. Be sure to clear out the area immediately adjacent to the ring of rocks. Using your shovel, dig out the entire inside of the circle 2 inches deep and place the dirt on both the inside and the outside of the rock circle. You'll need this dirt when it's time to extinguish the fire. If rocks are not available, you will dig a 3 foot diameter hole it the ground approximately 6 inches deep. Again, keep the dirt for extinguishing the fire.