Apogaea’s current burn ban status:
Unknown at this time for 2017.
Burn Bans may be triggered by weather conditions, local jurisdictional requirements, landowner requests, or any other situation that may warrant a ban. Apogaea Burn Ban status is determined by the Fire Lead, and violators may have their tickets revoked. Ask any BAMF volunteer or Ranger, or check at Info booth to clarify current burn ban status, or email BAMF@apogaea.com.
Apo 2016 Fire ban status – 6/3/2016
Propane fire art and fire performances in a designated area will most likely be allowed at Apogaea 2016! Please read the requirements below to ensure you are in compliance in the event that we receive official approval from the local fire department on Thursday, June 9.
The potential that propane art installations and commercial propane heaters could be allowed for use on the land is a direct result of recent inspections from fire officials who are pleased to see the MOIST ground, according to the BAMF Medical Lead.
If you would like to bring propane-powered art or heaters, you must meet the following four requirements:
- There must be an ABC fire extinguisher nearby at all times
- Gas fittings and hoses must be UL approved
- There must be a 5-gallon water bucket nearby (you can fill this in the cattle pond, but remember, no swimming!)
- All operators of the art piece or heater must receive approval before use during inspections, which will occur around 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 or during the morning of Thursday, June 9.
The BAMF Medical Lead said there is a good potential that fire performances could be allowed, depending on a fire inspection on Wednesday afternoon, June 8. The final word will be communicated on this page, by email to ticket holders and on signs at the gate of Apogaea. If allowed, fire performances will only be allowed in a designated burn area.
The Stage 1 fire ban is still in effect! That means no open flames, embers, tiki torches, etc. Read below for more details on the Stage 1 fire ban.
What kinds of burn bans are there?
Stage 1 – Partial Burn Ban:
- NO – Wood or charcoal fires of any kind including burn barrels
- NO – Fire performance tools (poi, staves, etc.) outside of 100% cleared zones thatare designated by Apogaea.
- NO – Fire performance tools (unless approved by local authorities and inside 100% cleared zones that are designated by Apogaea)
- NO – Ground effects from fire performance tools
- YES – Portable gas cooking stoves are still permitted (elevated off the ground, or incleared out areas)
- YES – Smoking is still permitted in cleared out areas (aka roads)
- NO – Propane flame effects (propane burn barrels, art, etc.) are not allowed. If local authorities allow them, they will be in certain locations only; and we will know closer to the event if they are allowed.
Stage 2 – Full Burn Ban:
- NO – Open flames of any kind!
- NO – Smoking outdoors (smoking allowed inside vehicles or structures only)
- NO – Flame effects, liquid or gas
- NO – Fire performance tools such as poi or staves
- YES – Propane or Butane cook stoves, elevated on a non-combustible surface and 100% attended
Permitted and Not Permitted Fires
Apogaea is located in a region of extremely high fire danger. As such, all forms of open burning are not permitted. Please refer to the list below. Enforcement may include ejection from the event, or possible legal action.
- Tiki torches and candles
- In-ground fires of any kind
- Unauthorized structure/art burns
- Unattended flames of any kind
- Liquid Fueled Flame Effects
GENERATORS ARE THE SILENT KILLER
Not the bear, not your happy-drunk camp mate who wants to dance, not even the poofer down the road. Generators are the silent killer, lurking in the woods behind your camp, bubbling angrily next to 50 leaky milk jugs full of gasoline. We pay a lot of attention to the obviously dangerous things in our camps – burn barrels, flame effects and other big fires are treated carefully and with respect (thanks!), but generator safety can easily slip since they are “just infrastructure”.
If you have a generator, follow these important rules to make sure you don’t become unintentionally engulfed in flames.
- Generators should be in good working order – do not repair them with scotch tape or gum or whatever.
- Fuel storage containers should be designed for the purpose, and in good working order.
- Store fuel at least 20′ away from the generator, and away from tents or structures.
- Clear all flammable materials away from the generator area, grass, pillows, furry coats, etc.
- Sound baffles should limit the use of combustible materials, and have sufficient ventilation for both the generator intake, and the exhaust. Do not fully enclose generators – instead of trying to block all the sound, consider just “deflecting” the sound up, or toward unused areas by only baffling two or three sides of the generator. If any part of the baffle is too hot to touch, it isn’t safe!
- You must have an ABC fire extinguisher within clear sight of the generator. Remember that you may not be the person responding to a burning generator! Don’t “hide” your extinguisher inside a vehicle or tent. If a stranger can’t walk up and see it, it is in the wrong place.
- If you have a generator, don’t be surprised if a volunteer swings by to take a gander at it, and don’t be offended if they ask you to make a few changes. They would be sad if you were non-consensually combusted.