"My understanding on alky stoves, according to FS officials, you have to be able to turn it off. I've seen do-gooders tell me during extreme fire conditions in August, that it was family tradition to have a campfire when they went camping. Their interpretation was an established campsite in the Caribou Wilderness here in N. CA, was in a campground, so was legal. So, when you think policies don't apply to you, think again. If you burn the woods down where I live, you can go home, I have to live with it for a long time."
I don't know of any alky stoves that have a shutoff valve. There are multiple levels of fire bans where I live but one of them is that all stoves have an on/off switch. And as I mentioned before, we'd really prefer to avoid wildfires as well. If my house burns down, I can get it replaced. But what value does it have, either from a livability or financial perspective, if the forest won't be back for 30-40 years and all I see is dead trees for the rest of my life time? So fire prevention is very important to us.
Just to qualify this, the terrain around here, at least where you would want to camp, is forested with dirt floors. Grass is in meadows where you wouldn't want to camp anyway. So which is more dangerous, a .5 oz alky stove that is kicked over or a white gas stove attached to a 12 oz pressurized bottle of white gas that has either a poor seal, a bad jet, or is poorly primed? I'll take the alky stove if it's close to where I live.
People starting a campfire during a fire ban is a completely different issue and not relevent to this discussion at all. Not sure how that got into the discussion.