mountaineer wrote: Look at this picture of Eagle Lake and tell me why fires should be banned here. That forest has TONS of downed wood and there is basically a zero percent chance of a large fire starting there and spreading.
Nice picture. Never been to Eagle Lake; probably never will. This
thread interested me enough to look at Google Earth and see what the area is about.
The picture is deceiving. I wouldn't call that group of trees a "forest".
It's a small, isolated stand of trees in a large granitic bowl. You're
right: a large fire has a zero change of starting there because there are
not sufficient enough continuous fuels for a fire to go anywhere.
Although I'm not familiar with the resource management objectives the NPS has for this area, I would assume fires are banned not because of wildland fire dangers, but because the retention of downed woody debris is needed for nutrient recycling to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
There are alot of areas that campfires used to be allowed and no longer
are, specifically because of the impacts users caused in removing the
downed woody debris and the effect it is having on ecosystem health.
No one goes there anymore. It's too crowded. -----Yogi Berra