Mammoth Cave NP bans all fires north of Green River
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Superintendent Patrick Reed announced today that the park has placed a temporary ban on all campfires in the backcountry, along the floodplains, and at Maple Spring Group Campground north of Green River.
"The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement today regarding increased fire danger, and like most of our area, the park has not experienced significant rainfall for three weeks," said Reed. "To protect the park, we are instituting a ban on campfires along the floodplains and all of the park north of Green River."
The temporary ban includes all campfires in backcountry camping sites and the Maple Springs Group Campground. Canoeist who camp along the Nolin or Green River floodplains are also banned from lighting campfires.
"Campfires will still be permitted in the Mammoth Cave Campground and in the Houchin Ferry Campground," said Chief Ranger Brad McDougal. "This ban will remain in effect until there is a change in the current weather situation, such as a rise in relative humidity or sufficient rainfall to reduce the fire danger."
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Did You Know?
The grease-oil lamp was used to illuminate Mammoth Cave for more than a century. Designed after New England whale-oil lanterns, these lamps used cooking grease to light the way.