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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Bear on Ruby-Horsethief

Hi All,

It's that time of year again where we have had several bear sightings along the Colorado River in Ruby-Horsethief. Please remember to be Bear Aware:

BE BEAR AWARE

Keep a clean camp. All food, toothpaste, soda and juices, and other bear attractants should be secured away from tents. While away from camp, secure food and garbage.
Properly store food and garbage away from your tent
Never sleep in the clothes you cooked in
Keep your tent free of strong smelling lotions, perfumes and food
Keep your pets leashed and secure their food between meals. Loose dogs can startle bears and cause them to chase the dogs back to their owners.
Avoid surprising bears by making noise, as bears will avoid you if they can hear or smell you.
Always give a bear space. Never approach, crowd, pursue or displace a bear you see ahead on the trail.
Never get between a mother and her cub even if the cub appears to be alone or sick.

Click the link below for more bear safety tips!

https://cpw.state.co.us/bears

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A campfire will keep them away. Oh wait ...
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A campfire will keep them away. Oh wait ...

Yep, currently a fire ban on Ruby Horsethief...... Was a small bear in the Westwater campground a week or so back...
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I had a hard time finding information on the fire ban on the blm site.
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I had a hard time finding information on the fire ban on the blm site.

Here's the last 2 orders
https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_...20GJ-18-01.pdf
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Thanks for info
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MNichols, I believe those orders might be old? They're stamped June 7 and June 29 of 2018.
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Colorado Emergency Management: Fire Bans & Danger

This website shows no fire bans currently in Mesa County. I know RH & WW span into UT, but this is what I could find on the CO side of the fence.
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Colorado Emergency Management: Fire Bans & Danger

This website shows no fire bans currently in Mesa County. I know RH & WW span into UT, but this is what I could find on the CO side of the fence.

Correct, there are no fire bans in Mesa County, but there IS a BLM Fire Ban on BLM land in Ruby Horse-thief, as of Yesterday at any rate. On Sunday I watched a group get a ticket for having a fire in camp during the ban. The fine folk tied their boats to the sign that said "Fire Ban IN Effect".



At this juncture there is no fire ban in Westwater. The Fire Ban orders I posted are both in force until rescinded. You can call the Grand Junction Field Office if you'd like verification. Remember, The BLM manages Federal Lands, which are not Mesa County Lands. Does that make sense?


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The BLM manages Federal Lands, which are not Mesa County Lands. Does that make sense?

While I know you are correct, No it doesn't make sense.


You would think the agencies could get on the same page. And no ban in WW but a ban in RH doesn't make sense either.
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