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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Ban On Open Fires in Big South Fork NRRA

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Date: October 2, 2007
Contact: Steven Seven, 423.569.9778

Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have imposed a ban on open fires in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Superintendent Reed Detring announced the ban today, in an effort to lessen the dangers of wild fires in the park. He noted the only exception to the park-wide ban would be in Bandy Creek Campground, Blue Heron Campground, the Station Camp Horse Camp and the Bear Creek Horse Camp. Within those campgrounds, fires will be permitted within the established fire rings.

Superintendent Detring further noted that only after sufficient rainfall has been received would the ban be lifted.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Did You Know?

Devils Jump Rapid is just below the site of the proposed dam.

In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.