Fire Restriction at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Monday, May 15, 2006
Contact: Roxanne Dey, (702) 293-8947
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is implementing fire restrictions on Monday, May 15, 2006. Due to the abundant growth of grass and brush from the 2005 winter/spring rains, a high fire danger still exists. This vegetation has grown, and is now dried out with the heat of the season, producing fuel for wildland fires. This dangerous combination of above-average amounts of fuel, mixed with dry conditions, increases the likelihood of fires caused by lightning and by visitors. The good news for visitors this summer season is fires will be allowed in campsites or picnic areas with fire rings and or/grills, and on vessels outside the harbors and at least 100-feet away from shoreline vegetation.
Violation of this High Fire Danger Closure Order is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
This restriction does not apply to the Grand Canyon/Parashant National Monument. When conditions warrant, restrictions for the monument will be announced in conjunction with the Arizona Strip Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park Service.
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