Backcountry campfires banned

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Date: October 12, 2007

Campfires banned in Mammoth Cave backcountry


(MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – October 12, 2007)  Superintendent Patrick Reed announced today that Mammoth Cave National Park, under 36CFR 2.13(c), has temporarily banned campfires in the backcountry areas of the park and smoking on all park trails.


“Like the state and other land management agencies, we must issue some restrictions for the safety of our visitors and park resources,” said Reed. “Our park weather stations show rainfall is about fifteen inches below average for this time of year, making fire danger extremely high.”


The restrictions include:

·        No backcountry campfires, including backcountry campsites or along the floodplain.  Gas or propane lanterns and stoves may be used.

·        No smoking on any trails.

·        Campfires in the frontcountry and at Maple Springs Group Campground must be within the National Park Service constructed metal fire rings and of low intensity.  Circular, metal fire rings are available at Mammoth Cave Campground, Houchins Ferry Campground, Maple Springs Group Campground, Dennison Ferry Day Use Area, and the picnic area near the visitor center.  Fires of low intensity will be allowed in the picnic shelter fireplaces.


All frontcounty campfires must be attended at all times or thoroughly extinguished.


“Our rangers are recommending that even fires within our metal fire rings be low intensity,” added Reed. 


Violations of this temporary ban on campfires and smoking may be punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a group or organization, or imprisonment for not more than six month, or both.


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Last updated: April 14, 2015

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