Open Fire Restriction in Dinosaur National Monument
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435) 781-7702
Superintendent Mary Risser announced today that restrictions on open fires go into effect Friday, July 6, 2007 for the entire park. Existing dry conditions have created a high fire danger situation, along with a larger amount of flammable vegetation than recent years.
To protect visitors and park staff in Dinosaur National Monument and the natural and cultural resources, open fire restrictions have been issued. Building or using any open fire or campfire, except within National Park Service-provided fire grates at developed campgrounds is prohibited. Stoves that use pressurized gas or liquid fuel are permitted. Smoking is permitted only in enclosed vehicles, developed recreation site, or in areas cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are strictly prohibited in Dinosaur National Monument.
These restrictions will remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. At this time there are no wildland fires reported within the park. 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 became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.