Fire Signaling Survival

A fire can be an effective means of visually signaling others: be it used at night or even day (smoke signal). This is why we’re going to teach you fire signaling for survival situations.

In the midst of darkness, the light a fire can create, can be a great way of catching the attention of potential help or your intended target.

Abiding by the international distress signal, it would be formal to build three fires in a triangle. But you could also build these three fires in a straight line with 25 meters of distance between each. However, you should know hard it will be to maintain these three fires for extended periods of time if alone. If it is too hard, you better just build one.

Remember to build as soon as possible if safe and do protect your signal fires.

It not necessarily be the visual light to catch the attention of others. The hot cold bed, a fire leaves, is possible to detect by infrared or thermal detecting aircraft.

For location, do consider the surroundings. For jungles, find clearings, perhaps even make, or edges of streams where your fire can be created unobstructed. For snowy areas, you might need to clear a large patch of snow so your fire won’t die out to said snow.

Fire Signaling Survival: Alternative

As an alternative perhaps to building more traditional fire signals on the ground. You can set ablaze any cone bearing trees you can find. And for other types of trees, you can place dry wood at the lower branches and then ignite that so you’ll get a fire spreading upwards to the foliage. Furthermore, you can cut and place smaller green trees onto the fire so you can get more smoke; before your main tree burns out.


You might want to read our general overview for signaling survival basics.

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