"Yep. Ask 5 people and you might get 5 answers."
So true. And look at the wording on fire bans from 5 different agencies and you'll likely get 5 different versions. We seem to go through this most years in Colorado and I find the discrepancies annoying, and it's probably confusing to a lot of people. I contacted the governor's office last year and suggested appointing a "fire czar" or the like to coordinate fire bans and standardize terminology across all the agencies that can declare fire bans. I think in Colorado it's state, county, fire districts, NFS, NP, and BLM. I didn't hear anything back, and didn't expect to really, but it was worth a shot.
I have also started going stoveless for short trips. But I think for week long trips, I'd still bring a stove. I'm thinking of going up to the southern Winds in a few weeks and that would be a week long trip. After seeing this thread, I checked the Bridger-Teton FS page and saw that they just increased the fire danger level to very high. But no fire bans. I was kind of surprised by that.
Last year, there was a fire ban when I went, and the wording (which I can't recall) was very confusing. I called the Ranger office multiple times and each time they said alky stoves were OK. And I did take mine but would have been fine taking the Pocket Rocket if required. The only reason I own it is because of fire bans.