What is done about the fire in Chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies?

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Having seen the beast on the mountain near their original signal fire, the boys are now afraid of returning there. There is nothing to be done about the fire now since the beast is so near. They all seem to be willing to give up the signal fire and all hopes of being rescued because of their fears. Only Piggy is able to come up with what seems an obvious solution: They can build a new fire in a new location right on the beach, far away from the beast. Ralph and his remaining followers all agree, and they proceed to build a new fire. However, Jack has already quit the group and is in the process of forming a new one of his own. They decide to kill a pig and have a feast. Following their sadistic killing of the pig, they realize they have no way to cook it. So, they raid Ralph's new fire, getting burning wood to start yet another fire of their own.

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