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Camping is better with a fire. So knowing how to douse a fire is an important camping skill. This is not something you can do in 5 minutes. It takes a little planning and care. During the last couple of hours in camp spend some time working the fire and especially the embers. With a shovel expose as many of the embers as you can. This exposure causes them to burn off faster. Once the embers look like they are out (they're not!!!) cover them with the dirt you stored when you built the fire ring. Mix the dirt and ash well. When you think the fire is out (it's not!!!) it's time to douse the dirt and ash mixture with water. When car camping, it's easy to have lots of water available. If you're carrying the water on your body, that's more difficult. Take your time and make sure the fire is completely out.