Up A Survival
rule is to
put your signal fire out in the open for visibility. That means
hilltops or clearings in a forest where nothing, like a cliff face or
trees, will disperse the smoke.
Create a platform to raise the
base of the fire
off the ground so moisture does not saturate the wood. Save your
absolute best combustible material for your signal fire to guarantee a
quick light. When the fire is properly lit you may pile on green
branches to produce thick smoke. The idea is to create 20 seconds of
thick billowing smoke. An aircraft flying overhead will not stay in the
area much longer.
The second is a mirror signal. A
flash from signal
mirror even at night, by moonlight can be seen for miles, much farther
than any flashlight. You do not need a store-bought signal mirror to be
effective. Improvise with any reflective surface you have got, from
rear view mirrors or headlights to a cell phone screen. Aiming the
reflection is the key, and it is simple. Hold out a peace sign and
place your target--be it plane or boat--between your fingers. Then
flash the reflection back and forth across your fingers.