Fires on the Ranch
Each year we have incidents where fires
in our fire pits are not totally extinguished; hot ashes are taken from the fire pits and scattered on dry Ranch areas; ATV’s
with their hot exhausts and engines, ride in common areas where the grasses are high; and cigarettes are thrown out of vehicles
or just thrown away while still lit. All of these incidents cause us constant
worry in regards to fire danger on the Ranch. Past experience has resulted in
us becoming aware that a wide spread fire in the mountains can and will destroy all in it’s path. We have been fortunate on the Ranch up to now. We have had
man-caused fires, caused by Sourdough owners, other camp regions in the area, fires from lightening, and neglect
to fire safety. As stated, we have been lucky no life or wide spread damage has
are trying to provide alternate Ranch exits, identify and improve water resources and address fire safety issues and recommendations for the Ranch. All of this is
fine, but the bottom line is that all persons who come on Sourdough must be cognizant of potential fire danger and do all
they can to be sure they do not do anything to contribute to the potential of a large fire.
Keep your fire pits away from other surrounding materials that can burn. Please
make sure your fires are out before you leave your sites. Don’t go to bed
when there are still live coals in your fire pit. When a wind comes up –
don’t have a fire; have water containers readily handy on your camp site. Keep
your ATV’s on the roads and away from the brush and grasses. Extinguish
your cigarettes inside your vehicle or RV, don’t throw them on the ground. No
fireworks, sparklers, etc. while on Sourdough.
don’t mean to harp! But please be aware of the potential fire danger while on the Ranch.
If it becomes too dry and dangerous for fire this summer, the County is already talking about prohibiting any out door
you for your support in this mater.