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Contact: Jim Carroll, 270.758.2191
(MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – November 8, 2007) A ban on campfires and smoking in Mammoth Cave National Park issued in October in response to extended drought conditions has been rescinded.
"Following recent rains, increased soil moisture, and cooler temperatures, I am lifting the ban on backcountry campfires and smoking in the park," said Mammoth Cave Superintendent Patrick Reed. "We do, however, want to stress the need for care and vigilance whenever visitors use fire in the park, whether in the backcountry or in their campsite near the Visitor Center."
Park Fire Management Officer Rich Caldwell recommended rescinding the ban after continuous monitoring of fire conditions in the park, but cautions that fires can occur at any time, and park visitors should use good campfire practices whenever they light a campfire.
"Always use the designated campfire ring," Caldwell said, "and be sure to clear all leaves and other material that could catch fire away from the campfire. Whenever you leave your campsite, make sure that the fire is fully extinguished."
Caldwell also pointed out that a lit cigarette carelessly discarded along a trail could result in a forest fire, and urged visitors to carry all waste out with them.
More information about fires and fire management in Mammoth Cave National Park can be found on the park's website at https://www.nps.gov/maca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.
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