Help! There is nothing but smoke coming from my fire!
The smoke is coming from the wood which started to burn but has since lost its flame. To get rid of the smoke, you must keep the fire concentrated and burning. Logs rolling off to the side or a fire which has been smothered will begin to smoke.
Try adding some smaller kindling to get the fire back up and running.
Where can I build my fire?
In a fire pit of course! If you are starting your fire here in Finland, every national park has designated fire pits with all the of the firewood provided. You only need to process the wood down into tinder, kindling, and firewood.
If you happen to be backcountry camping or in a wilderness area such as Hammastunturi
you can make fires on the fly but must follow the given guidelines
when doing so. Creating a safe fire ring would be the first step unless there is a designated campfire site available within 500 meters, you must use this site. Collecting fallen tree branches and twigs for your fire is okay but cutting or damaging stand trees is prohibited. Leaving no trace when you are packing up means repairing the ground and covering your tracks!
Is there a fire ban on right now?
There certainly could be, especially if you are visiting in July & August. Please check here