Dinosaur National Monument Restricts All Fires
Contact: Dan Johnson, (435)781-7702
Dinosaur, CO - Superintendent Mary Risser announced today that Stage 2 restrictions on open fires go into effect Friday, June 22, 2012, for the entire monument. The low snowfall this winter, coupled with a dry spring and a large amount of flammable vegetation left over from last year, has created a high fire danger situation. To protect visitors and park staff in Dinosaur National Monument and the natural and cultural resources, Stage 2 fire restrictions have been issued.
These restrictions will remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. These restrictions are dependent upon extended fire weather and conditions and will be evaluated daily. At this time, there are no fires reported within the park.
If necessary, National Park Service Rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of this closure under authority of Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(f). The park asks for everyone's cooperation during this high fire danger period to decrease the potential for a catastrophic fire in Dinosaur National Monument this season.
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs were a remarkably successful group of animals. They lived on the Earth for 160 million years. The fossils at Dinosaur National Monument represent only 10 of the many dinosaur species that existed during that long era.