First off, called it.
Second off, are you whiners serious?
Yeah its been a long wet spring... we also live in the desert.
Wet seasons mean the fuel grows faster and there is more of the small easily ignitable vegetation dried out in late summer. This is the reason the fire fighting agencies are freaking out this year. I started a thread a month ago asking for predictions because Holy Cross ranger friends of mine had already been called to active duty.
Someone here remembers the Dog Island fire but seems to think only reckless people with fireworks start wildfires. Has any one heard of an ounce of prevention prevents...
How many people lost friends to the Storm King fire? And seriously, if you claim to know what the weather is going to be like in a month, well, good for you I've got a tinfoil hat to sell you.
So, you can't make your fancy dutch oven lasagnas, bummer. In case any one noticed, R/H is hot as balls in July and August. Having a fire then is like watering your lawn in the rain. Don't say you want it for ambiance because it stays light until 9.
And you are allowed to have a fire then... if someone in your party is in risk of hypothermia.
Why are fires allowed in developed campsites? Because a) most easily combustable fuel is absent (how much kindling can you find on the ground in July in a Colorado campground?) b) if there is an ignition in a developed campground it is a lot easier to respond to - remember there are maintained roads - how long does it take a fire truck to drive to Mee, or Cottonwoods, or... Dog Island. But I still think it is bad form to have an unnecessary fire in fire season regardless. Sure there are not a lot of flammables on the sandy beach, but if I remember correctly river corridors tend to be really windy and I have had my fair share of coals from charcoal blow up and out of a fire pan. How many people have fire pans with higher than three inch sides (or whatever minimum reg is)?
WE LIVE IN THE F-ING DESERT. If you need to have a fire in July go boating in Florida.
Last year someone with a sense of humor responded to the fire ban by complaining they couldn't bring there welding gear to assemble their tent. Suck it up.
Or think of it like this, fire ban = no charcoal/wood on boat = more room for beer.
Yeah, most fires are natural events, but many can be prevented. An ounce of prevention... means the less opportunity for being an a-hole and saying I told you so.