Dinosaur National Monument Rescinds Fire Restrictions
Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702
Contact: Joe Flores, (970) 374-3014
Dinosaur, CO - Superintendent Mary Risser announced that fire restrictions within Dinosaur National Monument will be lifted on Friday, September 14, 2012. The cooler weather and increased moisture have lessened the fire danger, but monument visitors are still reminded to be cautious with fire as some areas may contain substantial amounts of dry vegetation. Fire danger remains high and is a concern due to the continuing drought affecting the area. The potential for wildfire still exists, but with shorter days and higher humidity the risk for catastrophic fires lessens.
Remember to smoke in cleared areas and extinguish all campfires with water and dirt until embers are cool to the touch. The use of fire by visitors in the monument is regulated to protect monument resources and visitors. Open wood fires are restricted to the monument-installed metal fire rings or grills within designated campgrounds and picnic areas. Campfires are permitted only within certain areas of the monument's backcountry. For more information on the fire regulations within Dinosaur National Monument and where they are permitted, please visit us on the web at www.nps.gov/dino or call us at (435) 781-7700. The monument thanks everyone for their cooperation during this high fire danger season.
Did You Know?
Split Mountain, the name John Wesley Powell gave to one of the Dinosaur’s most recognizable features, is aptly named: over millions of years, the Green River has carved a canyon into the center of the mountain, splitting it in two.