• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Emergency Fire Ban in Backcountry

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Date: August 16, 2007
Contact: Larry Hach, 906-387-207 ext. 204

Webmaster's note: This fire ban was lifted September 4, 2007.

(Munising, MI) An emergency fire ban has been implemented within the backcountry areas of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as of August 16, 2007. In accordance with Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5, the Superintendent has closed all backcountry areas of the lakeshore to the use of open fires. The fire ban includes the 13 designated backcountry campsites along the lakeshore from Munising to Grand Marais.

"This emergency fire ban is in effect due to the Extreme Fire Danger that currently exists in the lakeshore," said Chief Ranger Larry Hach. The fire ban is intended to not only protect the lakeshore's natural and cultural resources, but also for the safety of park visitors. This fire ban is also consistent with the lakeshore's Fire Management Plan, which states that under Extreme Fire Danger open fires in the backcountry will be prohibited. The fire ban will stay in effect until the lakeshore area receives substantial rainfall to reduce the fire danger.

Signs regarding this emergency fire ban will be posted at lakeshore trailheads that access the backcountry campsites to inform backcountry visitors. The lakeshore's visitor centers will also be disseminating this information to park visitors. Open fires will still be allowed in the lakeshore's front country picnic areas and three drive-in campgrounds. However, visitors in these areas are also urged to use extreme caution with open fires, and ensure they are dead out.

"Constructing open fires in the backcountry during this fire ban is strictly prohibited," Hach added, "and violators are subject to fine and/or arrest."

For further information concerning the emergency fire ban at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, contact park headquarters at (906) 387-2607.

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