Thanks for the clarification on why firepans are required. Is Alex correct? I would assume that in case of an emergency a fire would be allowed.
I would also suggest anyone bringing a firepan leave the 40 lb deluxe pan with grill at home and bring a lightweight backyard charcoal grill or something that is easy to haul and still meets the size requirements in the regs.
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