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Campfire Permit 2017, Get 'em while they're hot!

Postby robow8 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:46 pm

Don't forget your campfire permit.
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Re: Campfire Permit 2017

Postby balzaccom » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:02 pm

Thanks for reminding me!

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Re: Campfire Permit 2017, Get 'em while they're hot!

Postby gary c. » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:44 am

I was in Lone Pine on Thursday and stopped to P/U a fire permit. The guy told me he wouldn't give me one for 2017. Said he could only issue one for 2016 but I didn't think I would be needing one in the next 48hrs.
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Re: Campfire Permit 2017, Get 'em while they're hot!

Postby powderhound » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:17 am

Thanks for the reminder! I just got mine.
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Re: Campfire Permit 2017, Get 'em while they're hot!

Postby Ska-T » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:03 pm

The video at the link above reminds me that the effort involved in properly tending a campfire is one reason why I almost never bother. I wonder how many people actually complete the drown, stir and feel procedure before going to bed? Especially the feel part.

Most people I've car camped with at federal/state campgrounds where there is an existing fire ring, just let the fire burn down before going to bed. In the morning they are likely to restart the fire and they don't want to begin again on top of a huge wet spot, or they don't want the next camper to have to deal with a wet fire ring. I've also wondered that if dirt is shoveled onto the wet & stirred embers to help extinguish the fire, won't the fire ring get full of ash and dirt within a week or two of use and the campsite start to look like an excavation site with all the digging?

Maybe I am wrong in thinking that even at campgrounds with constructed fire rings that the full fire safety procedures must still be applied?
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Re: Campfire Permit 2017, Get 'em while they're hot!

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:37 pm

I agree that all fires need to be totally put out, with water. Mainly because of wind, which can re-ignite coals and send them flying.

In the early 1970's, late fall, really dry, I put out my campfire and went climbing. Luckily some people stayed back in camp. The wind really whipped up and my fire was re-ignited, even after putting water on it. A spark caught some duff on fire. Now with every campfire I actually douse it and run my hands through the coals to be sure all are out. Yes it makes a mess, but I just wash off. I would say the only time this is not as critical is in weather just like we are having now. Rain! Not sure I could even get a fire started.

Just curious - is smoking illegal in the wilderness? Or when there is a fire ban?
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