I would like to counter with common knowledge that a campfire is a poor way to treat hypothermia. Also, the issue of fire scars is one of temporary import, measured in months if conducted below the high-water line, and days if conducted on the sand. So while it may be illegal, the intended benefit certainly outweighs the natural cost. Now, ripping up flora to fuel said fire is another issue entirely.Being a ranger, I take issue with your not packing a fire pan if you're not going to have a fire. As far as the stipulations on the river I ranger on, a fire pan is required even during a fire ban, the reason being if you flip and have someone become hypothermic, you can build a fire without damaging the resource to warm them up, even during a fire ban, because saving a human life is more important... not saying you won't get a ticket if somebody finds out, but it's better than attending a funeral
Law is law and I understand its nature is hardline. But that isn't going to stop me from asking during a launch inspection.