No backcountry fires in Great Basin

Great Basin National Park reports as of July 1, 2012

FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT
Campfires are prohibited in all back-country areas of the park. Back-country campers may still use portable stoves which burn gas, jellied petroleum, and pressurized gas.

Campfires will still be permitted only at developed and designated campsites in metal fire rings and grills in the Baker Creek, Upper Lehman Creek, Lower Lehman Creek, Wheeler Peak, Strawberry Creek, and Snake Creek Campgrounds.

Contact Great Basin National Park at 775-234-7331 for the most up-to-date information.
For current weather conditions and forecasts please visit their Weather and Climate page.

Additional info on the standard 1-2 class route up Ruby Dome

Bob Sumner reports that he just spoke with the Spring Creek Association:
“They confirmed that access through their property (standard route for Ruby Dome, Hennen Canyon/Butterfield Creek) is closed and is likely to remain that way for some time. Apparently the fire danger is so extreme they don’t even want hikers & backpackers passing through. The representative was not willing to give a timeframe for when access may be restored. She said it is okay to call them intermittently to check the status (775-753-6295) but that it’s unlikely anything will change.

Alternate routes for Ruby Dome include starting from road’s end in Lamoille
Canyon or Camp Lamoille (right fork of Lamoille Creek). Both of these approaches are open but are long and involve a lot of cross-country travel, including rugged terrain, brush, and rock scrambling. On the bright side, most of the snow in the Rubies has melted so that shouldn’t be a hindrance. The best bet at this point may just be to wait until next spring or summer.”

New updates from Bob Sumner on Ruby Dome

Hiking Nevada’s County High Points author, Bob Sumner, reports this about Ruby Dome, in the Ruby Mountains, Elko County, Nevada:
7/9/2012 – The drought is starting to take its toll and we’ve now got an early season peak closure, which is Elko County high point, Ruby Dome. On July 4th there was a fire on the property of the Spring Creek Association, and they are no longer issuing the key to the gate to visitors. Also, hiking access across their land has been temporarily suspended. If you are planning a trip to Ruby Dome, be sure to call ahead to see if/when hiker access will be restored. The phone number for the Spring Creek Association is 775-753-6295.