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Fire Rings - Clean Them Up!...And Make Them Disappear

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#1 ski3pin


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Posted 04 August 2021 - 06:04 PM

I hate fire rings. They are garbage dumps with half burned trash, melted plastic, food scraps, cigarette butts, cans................ and an invitation to leave more trash. During fire restrictions they are an invitation to disaster and the excuse often heard is, "There's a fire ring so I thought it was okay."


These violators have driven by numerous signs saying no fires.


Practice leave no trace. If you want to have a fire, bring a fire pan, build a small fire, put it out cold, and carry all the ash out. Make it look like - as close as you can - no one has been there.


Or learn to do without a fire. Embrace the night. Be quiet and listen to the sounds of night. Learn to see all the wildlife that emerge with the dark. Look at the stars. Feel the cooling air. Enjoy not reeking of wood smoke. Be a more invisible visitor when in wild places.


Yesterday morning Julie and I discovered this on our dawn walk and checked out a dispersed campsite about .5 mile from our spot.









Egg shells and tortilla chips littered the ground.









Hard to see in this photo but the really special wet trash was in a black garbage bag in the fire ring with a rock on top.










The tent stuff sack was not in the fire ring but is in the photo as we gathered all the other assorted trash around the camp.

We returned with the truck and shovel after we vacated the dispersed site we were using - and cleaned up the smaller fire ring there. We cleaned everything up and loaded all the trash into the truck and made the area as natural as we could. The fire ring is gone. We shoveled up all the chips, eggs shells, ashes, and took it out with us.









It only took the two of us 30 minutes to clean this up.


Two other vehicles used this site for parking the previous afternoon and evening. How could anyone who loves the outdoors not be compelled to clean up a mess like this?

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 06:14 PM

Like the man said.... "it's not my trash.... but it is my planet" . I live in a rural area and I was out for a bicycle ride today... out in the middle of a beautiful road someone took the time to stop and dump a pile of trash and leave .... with what thought in their head? I can not imagine. It will never stop but with more of us being adults to their adolescent behavior maybe we will come out cleaner and they will have an epiphany.... ya nevah  know.

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 09:02 PM

I have started carrying one of those “gabber stick things” in my camper to pick up the trash around the campsite and in the fire ring but I never thought about dismantling the ring itself. That makes all the sense in the world! Ya want one? Your going to have to work for it! 
But it does make me wonder if there will be fire burn spot all over…

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 09:28 PM

Why I carry rubber gloves. Some stuff you just don't want to touch. As for dismantling fire rings it depends on where it is. 

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 12:18 AM

In my recent trip in Utah we stayed overnight in a couple of dispersed sites.

Perhaps even more distasteful than the trash/garbage was the dog crap.

One of the sites I counted 20+ piles in a 25-30 foot radius of our campsite.  

Disgusting- and in the arid environment I imagine it stays for a long time.

People suck.

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 12:41 AM

Lazy filthy disgusting people..... I am astounded by the upbringing of the newer generations. I would have gotten my ass kicked if I had left a scene like that.... of course I would not have ever done so but if I had.....

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 06:38 PM

If possible l always dismantle fire rings at dispersed sites.  I move the rocks as far as possible from the site and in different directions. I bury the ashes and smooth over the ground so no trace is visible. 

I consider myself a fire ring vigilante and take pride in my work. 

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 11:26 PM

i ran across almost same mess up the north fork of john day a month ago. they did keep the entire mess piled into  firepit. i keep gloves in truck for this cleanup. i didnt break down the fire ring though. i was trying to get out, and had 5 hr drive in front of me. next time.

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 12:19 AM

I pull apart fire rings. The ones I demolished in the Walker Canyon last year have not been rebuilt (yet)

It was amazing the variety of garbage people left behind. I am not sure it would happen if not for the fire ring. I've pulled apart a lot of wilderness rings as well. I have no idea what people are finding to burn at 10,000 ft. 

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 01:52 AM

 How could anyone who loves the outdoors not be compelled to clean up a mess like this?


These people are pigs. 


I'm always amazed they need to build another fire ring, twenty feet from the other fire ring.

I'm especially annoyed when they build fires on bare rock, leaving scars that last decades.

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