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Old 05-24-2022, 05:52 PM   #1
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We were blown away with how many boondocking sites there were between Nephi Utah and Illipah reservoir in Nevada (34). It was unfortunate that though BLM is actively putting up signage along the route, the advertised turnoffs have more litter and garbage burned in the fire rings.

I am not saying that everyone who boondock are less than thoughful about cleaning up after themselves, I'm saying that those few are really bad.
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Sadly, It seems that every campfire ring we come upon is treated like a trash can... littered with foil, candy wrappers and soda cans.
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Unfortunately that is the norm today rather than the exception.


And, don't advertise the nice places you find. Putting them on the Internet in any venue means they will never be the same again.
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Sadly, It seems that every campfire ring we come upon is treated like a trash can... littered with foil, candy wrappers and soda cans.

If you start your own fire in that ring and get it hot enough all that stuff, including the aluminum cans go away.
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Yes indeed, too many folks think fire rings are trash cans. As a camp host responsible for cleaning those sites I find it rather incredible. If I'm enjoying a campfire for s'mores, I sure don't want the aroma and poison of plastic to taint my food and lungs.
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We cleaned out three fire pits at Illipah reservoir. What bugs me most is there is a trash receptacle there. No need to partially burn trash.
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If you are wondering if burning trash is cool.
I chose this study because I spent 8 seasons as a NFS fire crew member.

https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/htmlp...2327/index.htm
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If you start your own fire in that ring and get it hot enough all that stuff, including the aluminum cans go away.
The trash we find, is always after the last campfire... Sometimes remnants of the prior campfire that did not incinerate all of the trash they deposited previously...

One of the first things we consider.. is the campfire ring when evaluating a site, as we have found a few things like live .22 ammo dumped in the fire ring. Not a smart thing. While we were cleaning out a fire ring in Nevada, we were picking up the beverage cans, found them rattling and it was filled with AA batteries.
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Thats why I use a portable off ground firepit/cooker.

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The above breaks down to flat.

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The trash we find, is always after the last campfire... Sometimes remnants of the prior campfire that did not incinerate all of the trash they deposited previously... like live .22 ammo .

Yep, a .22LR will explode and put brass shrapnel in your shin... I was the recipient. Note, the bullet does not fly, too heavy.
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We do a good share of boon-docking and over the last year we have noticed an increasing number of homeless taking advantage of the free camping. Donít get me wrong, I generally donít see a problem with this BUT some of these guy are accumulating a lot of junk around their sites and some look like pig pins. I once talked to a BLM guy about it and he said by federal law, they are allowed to occupy certain BLM properties. He said the biggest thing they watch and enforce is illeage sewage dumping admitting it has been a problem. Most of these guys are pretty nice and respectful, I just wished they would keep their area clean and uncluttered.
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