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Superintendent Ken Mabery announced today that Scotts Bluff National Monument has instituted a smoking and open fire ban due to the hot and dry conditions across the region.Beginning immediately smoking will only be allowed inside personal vehicles.No smoking will be allowed on the monument's trails.
Open fires will also not be allowed in the picnic area."Occasionally visitors have used small charcoal grills in the picnic area, but because of the extremely hot and dry conditions, this has temporarily been disallowed," said Superintendent Mabery.Backpacking propane stoves will still be allowed in the picnic area.The national monument has received less than five inches of moisture this calendar year.Vegetation is extremely dry, and the possibility of a fast moving wildlife is quite possible.
If weather conditions improve, and moisture returns to this area, the fire restrictions will be lifted. Similar fire restrictions are in place, or soon will be in place, in other National Park Service units across the region.Please check with other national parks prior to any planned visit.For additional information regarding this temporary smoking and open fire ban, please contact Scotts Bluff National Monument Chief of Resources Robert W. Manasek at 308-436-9721.