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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Charcoal Ban at the Chisos Basin Campground Lifted

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Date: June 22, 2009

With the early arrival of significant monsoon rain, the charcoal ban has been lifted in the Chisos Basin campground. Fire danger is currently Moderate to High.

At all times of the year, charcoal use is limited to developed campgrounds and developed picnic areas. When conditions warrant, charcoal may be banned in those areas.

Charcoal is allowed in developed front and backcountry campsites, NPS-developed picnic areas, and on sandy areas along the river where boat trips are allowed to camp. Charcoal is never allowed to be burned anywhere else in the park due to the risk of wildfire. 

In the past, inconsiderate visitors have thrown ashes and coals into the desert, which created both an eyesore and the risk of wildfire. These problems harm park resources which is why the use of charcoal is tightly regulated.

Did You Know?

Signing land deeds at Johnson's Ranch

In 1942 the state of Texas spent $1.5 million dollars to acquire privately-owned lands in the Big Bend area in order to create the park. Paying between $1-5 dollars per acre, the state obtained all but 2% of the original acreage of the park in this manner. More...