On Tue, 2005-07-26 at 11:59, Harley K. Dubois wrote:
> Dear Campers,
> Things are going along very well. I believe we
> will get your placement out you early this year,
> with any luck it will be this week, so stand by!
> There are some old time camps that missed our
> deadline for a bunch of reasons and will not be
> listed on our map when you enter the city. We
> encourage you to go to Playa Info in center camp
> to look for them. They will be listed on the
> Dynamic Board or in the Directory.
> Web Site Blurbs
> Some of you have complained that your theme camp
> blurb was not up on the web site. Please be
> patient with our completely volunteer web crew.
> They should all be up now, after working on the
> weekend for you. There was a back log from last
> minute submissions.
> When you are looking, please remember that if you
> used "The" to begin your camp name it may well be
> under "T", The same goes for the word "Camp".
> Live Plants
> Live plants die on the playa. Ask anyone that has
> brought them. They always make a mess. In our
> history no one has ever brought in plants, trees
> or palm fronds without creating a M.O.O.P. (Mater
> Out of Place) disaster. Every sight that has
> used them in any quantity has cost the clean up
> crew days and days of work post event.
> There have been a couple of camps that have
> successfully brought out sod, but they have been
> few and far between. Thought we do not recommend
> the use, there are some tried and true technics
> to containing it that we are happy to discuss
> with a phone call.
> The Gate, Earth Guardians and DPW clean up crew
> are highly sensitized to the issue and keep a
> close eye out for anything that enters our city.
> They will stop you at the gate or come and find
> you. They have been know to incinerate projects
> before they were even begun.
> With respect to every ones reaction to more rules
> we have not pressed the issue hard to the general
> public. We have included language in the
> Survival Guide and have chosen to take the softer
> approach of talking to individuals and likely
> groups, such as this one. We have had some bad
> exceptions, due to extenuating circumstance, in
> the past few years and are determined to end this
> Please support us in this effort. Help us keep
> the clean up crew sane! Plastic plants work just
> as well and look better with a quick watering.
> Please leave your live plants behind,
> This is the final final official word on fire and your camp.
> Fire and open flame within theme camps.
> Everyone enjoys a camp fire to gather around or
> the light of a tiki torch to guide them back to
> camp at night but fire and open flame present a
> unique set of challenges on the playa. Wind is an
> ever-present aspect of the Black Rock desert and
> must be taken into consideration. Winds can blow
> sparks and embers out of fire barrels and blow
> them across the open playa great distances until
> they settle against something (tents, shade
> structures, camping gear, art works, etc). Wind
> is also a factor with tiki torches and taller
> flame effects. Precautions should be taken to
> prevent the wind from knocking them over and a
> sufficient perimeter around them kept clear from
> flammables. To help you prepare for and use open
> flame or flame effects in you camp we have
> created these guidelines to help keep you camp
> safe and to protect the safety of participants
> please read them thoroughly.
> Please note that Burn Barrels are considered a
> public work and shall be available for all to
> Guidelines for open flame, burn barrels, Tiki torches etc within theme camps
> 1. No fire barrels or open flames shall be left
> unattended. At least one camp member will be
> designated fire tender and be within visual
> distance at all times. If found unattended while
> lit, open flames or burn barrels may be
> extinguished and/or confiscated if there is
> sufficient hazard.
> 2. If winds pick up, all open flames must be put
> out immediately and burn barrels must be
> extinguished if they begin to throw sparks.
> 3. Open flame above 10 feet tall shall be secured
> from the wind and safety perimeter increased
> appropriately to the hazard.
> 4. Open flames or burn barrels must be
> extinguished at the request of any Ranger or
> Emergency Services personnel.
> 5. A 20' area around the fire must be free of any
> flammable materials such as cloth, paper, tents,
> plastic, etc.
> 6. All liquid fuels must be kept at least 50'
> away. Please check out the guidelines for the
> storage of fuels at Burning man.
> 7. A supply of at lest 5 gallons of water and a
> fire extinguisher must be kept on hand to
> extinguish the fire in case due to high winds
> (wind can blow embers and sparks a long distance
> on the playa!) or other hazardous conditions.
> 8. Burn barrels shall be anchored to the playa
> and constructed in a way that the burning surface
> is at least 6" from the playa to prevent baking
> or scaring of the playa surface.