Stage II Fire Danger, Westwater / BLM Moab District
I just talked with Bob Brennan the Westwater ranger. He says that currently throughout the entire Moab District they are under Stage II Fire Danger alert. This means that:
No smoking except in a vehicle or at a developed campsite. NOTE: ALL campsites at Westwater are all considered undeveloped, if you must smoke, go sit on a boat that's in the water to smoke. NO smoking if you're on a hike, leave the cigs on the boat.
NO FIRES except for propane stoves with a shut off valve. NO campfires allowed, but YOU STILL NEED A FIREPAN in the event of an emergency.
If you see someone acting irresponsibly, please protect OUR public lands and speak up to them.
PERMITS: Also, he said that they are no longer able to print out people's permits at the ranger station and, as always, will be checking the TL's ID and all gear before launching. If you have your act together everything will go smoothly, shitshows will not be allowed to launch.
Also, if you've got a motor, make sure you have the required fire extinguisher. Read all the permit stipulations before heading to the put-in...
Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse