I've been having bad luck recently when running around lava pools underground.
Three times already I've been caught on fire while walking across my cobblestone bridge system and lost all of my items because of it.
Being the inexperienced Minecrafter that I am, I guess I never realized this until it's too late. I've already lost some diamonds and stacks of iron, and I've recently been furious over randomly catching on fire these days.
Now I learned how I'm bursting into flame after watching an ember leap out of the lava, lob itself into the air and land squarely onto my head. I guess I've learned my lesson.
   
   
    
Is there a way to block off embers from coming out of the lava besides covering it all up? I want to stay safer without wasting a bunch of materials while building unnessecary, gigantic platforms.
Maybe a cobblestone fence would help.
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Its like going to a police station telling them how you stole a purse and demonstrating it, while arguing the benefits of it. You'd still go to jail because you're an idiot.
Just be careful, I'm pretty sure its due to the alpha-ish nature of the game which I'm sure everyone has experienced. I've caught on fire a couple of times and lost stuff when I hadn't fallen into the lava myself either. Just bring a bucket of water it will save you all the trouble.
Note that you can catch fire if you get too close to lava, even if it doesn't touch you (the classic example being getting too close to an obsidian wall with lava behind it -- depending on which direction the obsidian is facing the lava can sometimes set you on fire through a corner.
As others have said, when you're anywhere near lava, have a bucket of water on you (and ready) at all times.