New for this year, the BLM has put safe fuel handling requirements into the closure order (which you can read here).
Specifically, that language looks like this:
That basically means that if your camp has 4 gas cans or more, you need to have some kind of secondary containment capable of holding 110 percent of the fuel you're bringing.Fuel Storage: All fuel must be stored in a designated fuel storage area located at least ten feet away from any flammable materials, including vehicles and camping trailers. Fuel storage areas must be provided with shade to prevent fuel containers from bloating, leaking, or spilling. The storage of more than 110 gallons of fuel in a single camp is prohibited. Storage areas for over 20 gallons of fuel must include a secondary containment measure capable of holding 110 percent of the fuel being stored to prevent leaks and spills onto the playa/ground surface. Storage areas for less than 20 gallons of fuel must include a tarp, plywood, or other measure to prevent leaks and spills onto the playa/ground surface.
Plan accordingly, not only do you want to keep the playa safe but you definitely don't want to be cited for a violation of the closure order. Me, personally, I've been doing a fuel shade and fuel safe tarp for years (actually using pond liner, since the material it's made of is both fuel safe and less expensive), and we replaced all our old gas cans a few years ago (when I went to order replacement caps for a couple that were dripping when poured I found that the vast majority of red gas cans made from the 90's through most of the last decade used plastic that wasn't actually fuel safe, and posed tons of safety risks). We had a visit from some fuel safety people while setting up our camp last year, and while they liked our setup they did give us a lecture about having some kind of secondary containment plan. I guess now I know why they were trying to get us to think about it.
Who out there has a secondary containment program for their fuel? Have any tips or ideas you care to share? If so, please post below.