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Old 07-24-2016   #1
 
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Fire Ban on Ruby

Does anyone know whether the Fire Ban on Ruby Horsethief is temporary for the dry season and will be lifted if/when the fire risk lowers; or if its permanent due to dumb @$*&'s lighting Dog Island on fire with fireworks last year. Just thinking it will be a bummer not to have a campfire for fall trips

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Old 07-24-2016   #2
 
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Just for the dry season. It wasn't in effect when I was there in April. I think it started in June.
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Old 07-24-2016   #3
 
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Temp order that started in summer. Happens most years from what I can tell. Ends Oct 1st according to GJ Unit Site:

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html
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Old 07-25-2016   #4
 
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Is it safe to assume that these same restrictions apply in westwater canyon?


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Old 07-25-2016   #5
 
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Is it safe to assume that these same restrictions apply in westwater canyon?


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Westwater management is different, and the terrain is different, so the Ruby ban does not affect Westwater.
Ruby camps are mostly benches with a lot of flammable material. A fire can travel for a long way there.
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Old 07-25-2016   #6
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The restriction began July 1st. We were down there for the July 4th weekend and asked if charcoal was okay for dutch oven cooking. The BLM first said charcoal would be okay in a fire pan but decided it was too dry and restricted every flame that couldn't be shut off with a valve. My feeling is that they are not trying to ban all fires all the time but are watching the conditions closely and placing a ban when needed.

Westwater canyon is not regulated under the Grand Junction BLM office. Check with the Moab office for current conditions. This weekend they allowed charcoal in the Dewey to Moab sections but not campfires.
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Old 07-25-2016   #7
 
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I just got off a Ruby trip last Sunday. Ranger at the put-in reminded us that there was a fire ban, including charcoal. Note: you are still required to carry a firepan. In my personal opinion it was way too hot to want a fire anyway.
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Old 07-25-2016   #8
 
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Thanks for the heads up that the pan is required even when you can't use it. Wood is also on the list, do they still check for that too??
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Old 07-26-2016   #9
 
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Hi Guys!

It is Colorado State Law that requires you to carry a fire pan even during a ban. It can be used in case of an emergency, hypothermia, or a signal fire if you were to need one. We do not require you to carry wood if you are not going to use it. Mesa County has also issued a Stage 1 Fire ban which applies to all BLM land in Mesa County.
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Thanks for the explanation and info, makes sense!
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