Fire danger prompts campfire ban at Grand Canyon

Camping in some areas of the Grand Canyon will mean doing so without a campfire.
 
Starting Friday, all wood burning and charcoal fires will be banned throughout the national park, including in residential areas. The exception is along the Colorado River.
 
Pressurized liquid or gas stoves that can be turned off are OK.
 
Park officials say the restrictions are due to increased fire danger at the Grand Canyon. The hot, dry conditions are expected to remain until the monsoon arrives.
 
Firefighters are managing a wildfire that's nearly 7 square miles at the canyon. They say it's 50 percent contained and will be allowed to keep burning to restore the ecosystem.
 
The Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon also is banning campfires starting Friday.

One Less Spark One Less Wildfire.  Please do your part. Don't let a wildfire start.

  • Before going hiking or camping, check for fire restrictions and closures in the area.  Direct your inquiries to the agency that manages the public lands you are visiting.
  • If you are a smoker, smoke only on paved surfaces or in an enclosed vehicle. Never toss cigarette butts on the ground or out the window of a vehicle. Always use an ashtray to prevent wildfires.  Practice Leave No Trace principles - pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
  • If you are using a portable stove, clear the area of grasses and other fine fuels and be careful to prevent the stove from tipping over.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground. Dragging chains will throw sparks. Never substitute parts when towing.  Only use appropriate safety pins & hitch ball.
  • Check tire pressure. Driving on an exposed wheel rim throws sparks.
  • Never let your brake pads wear too thing. Metal on metal makes sparks.
  • Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.
  • Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it.
  • If you see smoke or fire, call 911. Report the location, what is burning, how fast it is moving, how tall the flames are, and what is in danger.  Stay on the phone. Do NOT attempt to put out a fire by yourself.

 

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