In a survival situation, how many fires should you have?
• One main fire
• Two separate fires
• One shelter fire
• Cooking fire only
Answer: Two Separate Fires
The tricky part to this question is the fact that this IS a survival situation, which means you are need of rescue.
The ideal place to build a shelter would be near water with a large supply of wood and build two fires. One fire would be used for cooking, keeping warm and protection. The other would be used as a signal fire to help rescuers find your location.
The ability to fuel and grow your rescue fire quickly is important, especially in a survival situation. Having a signal fire allows you to keep your shelter fire in place and separated, in case rescue attempts fail. It’s important to maintain your cooking and protection fire functional until you get rescued.
Here’s a video to help you understand a primitive way of starting a fire with minimal tools. If you don’t have any survival tools with you such as a knife or firestarter, use natural tools like rocks and sticks to help you survive.
Here is a good example of what you can do to start a fire by BlackScoutSurvival.