Fire Ban Lifted in Mesa Verde NP
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde Superintendent, Larry Wiese, in consultation with the park’s fire management staff, has lifted the fire ban that has been in effect since August 17, 2009. Recent September rains have lowered fire danger indices to below average levels for this time of the year. Effective September 17th, open fires or charcoal fires are no longer prohibited in Morefield Campground, Chapin Mesa Picnic Area or park residences. Park officials wish to thank park visitors and residents for their cooperation during the period of high fire danger in the park this summer.
Did You Know?
A subterranean kiva remained 50 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. So for the Ancestral Puebloans, it stayed cool in the summer, and only a small fire was needed to keep it warm in the winter.