Philmont Scout Ranch, Fire Danger Information Page
Fire Danger – Extreme
June 11, 2011
To: Philmont Scout Ranch Staff and Participants
From: Mark Anderson, Director of Program
Subject: Changes in Fire Restrictions
The Fire Danger status on Philmont Scout Ranch has been established as Extreme.
This is the result of continued low humidity, strong winds, warm temperatures and low levels of moisture during the winter and spring.
Extreme means that fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high danger class. Every fire has the potential to become large. Expect extreme erratic behavior. NO outdoor burning should take place in areas with extreme fire behavior. Fire restrictions will be in place.
Notice of fire restrictions status will be posted at Logistics, Welcome Center, Philmont Training Center Bulletin Boards and Backcountry Staffed Camps. Everyone should be watchful of potential fires. Report fires to Logistics at Philmont Extension 1239 or call 911.
• Open fires and fireworks are prohibited.
• No crew campfires in the backcountry. All crews must use stoves for cooking. The stove should be located in or adjacent to the fire ring.
• Smoking is restricted to safe designated areas:
1. PTC – Curtis Multiplex Pavilion
2. PTC – Staff Area behind shower house.
3. CHQ – Advisor Lounge Smoking Room.
4. CHQ – Dining Fly behind the Silver Sage Staff Activities Center at the edge of the fence line.
5. CHQ – Dining Fly near the Staff Fitness Center.
6. Cattle Headquarters – Designated area.
7. Designated fire ring at Staff and Trail Camps. No smoking along the trail.
8. Inside a motor vehicle equipped with an ash tray.
• Program restrictions:
o No program campfires. Backcountry Camps will use kerosene lanterns at program campfire locations.
o Use of fire places is prohibited.
o Use of Tabasco Donkey water heater systems is prohibited.
o During red flag warnings – use of wood burning stoves is prohibited.
o Wood fires at Chuck Wagon, Mexican Dinner and Cobbler Delights are prohibited.
• Black Smith Forges, black powder shooting (in a designated cleared area), use of propane and use of charcoal at designated areas is permitted.
Carson National Forest – Stage I Fire Restrictions
Effective: June 10, 2011
• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal burning stove fire except within a developed recreation site in grills.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
• Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fire work or other pyrotechnic device.
• Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted.