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?
In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.