What is the setting in "To Build A Fire"?

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As the previous post points out, the story is set in the Yukon and in this case the man leaving town is a newcomer, someone not accustomed to the Yukon and its dangers.  he is confident and brash and he doesn't pay attention to the fact that it is also probably 50-60 degrees below freezing and even the dog knows they shouldn't be travelling in this type of weather.

The man is leaving the town to proceed on the trail to a fork of the Henderson Creek where his friends have set up a mining camp.  The story takes place along the trail as the man is alone except for a dog that travels with him.

pottert4n6 | Student

The first sentence of the story says that the main character turned away from the Yukon main trail.Throughout the rest of the story we see the harsh climate and weather that characterize this region.


The Yukon is one of the territories of Canada and boarders the U.S. state of Alaska. Yukon, like Alaska, is known for its beautiful and harsh climate and terrain.

amal207 | Student

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