How to camp safely when fire danger is extreme

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DENVER -- With wildfires still raging in Colorado, the last thing you want to do, is start another one.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently ordered a statewide ban on open campfires. The only exception is in designated and permanent fire pits.

Before you light up that coveted campfire, to make counties even safer from a conflagration, many local sheriffs have enacted even stricter fire bans.

 For example, in Arapahoe, Jefferson and Gilpin counties, no open flame of any kind is allowed.

"It's very different," says camper Julie Beard at Bass Pro Shops in Denver. "You try to find other things to substitute for that."

Beard says taking more hikes, board games and fishing help fill the void. But if she catches fish, she's going to have to cook them, which means ... fire.

Camping expert Kevin Dionne from Bass Pro Shops says go camping, just keep it cool. "You want to stay warm at night? Ceramic heaters. You want to get your food cooked the right way? Propane table top stoves."

Okay, got that covered. But how does one make the classic camping cookie, the smore, without a fire?

"We actually have an oven in our camper," says Beard. "So we just put graham crackers and marshmallows on top, heat it up a little bit, then put the chocolate on top, and it melts."

Improvise, adapt and overcome.