Effectively immediately and until further notice we have opted to ban all fires/open flames at the Ranch due to the unseasonably dry weather we’re having. We are also asking all members/guests/visitors to try to conserve water as much as possible.
The lack of rain throughout June (it’s been the driest on record in over 4 decades) and our water usage mean that our main well is struggling to keep up. According to our awesome Ranch staff, the well is holding its own but especially during weekends we are using water more quickly than it can refill.
As such, we are asking that until further notice all members do as much as possible to conserve water where you can.
At the Ranch Board meeting on Saturday 25th June we decided it was in our best interests to temporarily ban open fires, including things like chimineas.
We appreciate that there is not a regional fire ban in place but the lack of rain and our sandy soil mean that our grass and trees are already very dry. Combined with the water issues mentioned above, we are concerned that in the event of a fire we could dry the well completely and not be able to put out the fire. To put it simply, as much as we all want fires they’re just not worth the risk right now.
As soon as our Ranch staff team advises that we’re safe to have fires again (probably after some decent rain to top up the aquifers and to help alleviate the dryness of the grounds, the ban will be rescinded.
We do appreciate that this impacts many of you, but hope that you understand our concerns and the need to protect the Ranch. In the meantime, we’ll all have to find more creative ways to gather to sing!