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Fire Restrictions Implemented in Zion National Park; Campfires Prohibited in Zion Canyon

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Date: June 1, 2020
Contact: Greg Bartin, (435) 772-7847

Fire Restrictions to be Implemented in Zion National Park; Campfires Prohibited in Zion Canyon

Washington County Level 1 Restrictions are also being implemented.

As a result of dry grass contributing to high fire danger in Zion National Park, restrictions are being instituted prohibiting campfires and smoking in vegetated areas. These restrictions will be in effect starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday June 1, 2020 and will be enforced until rescinded by the Superintendent. Park officials feel that the risk to public safety and property within Zion National Park from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.

Late winter and early spring rains have led to an abundant crop of invasive grasses growing in Zion Canyon. These grasses are now curing out and becoming extremely flammable. They present a significant fire danger to park visitors and facilities, especially in the campgrounds in Zion Canyon.

The following acts will be prohibited in Zion National Park until further notice starting Monday June 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire (including charcoal) in campgrounds, picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation.*     
    *Stoves and grills fueled by petroleum fuels such as Liquid Propane Gas (LPG), butane, or white gas are allowed.
  • Smoking in vegetated areas.*
    *No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle, or a developed recreation site clear of vegetation, or other areas devoid of vegetation with a minimum of three (3) feet in diameter clear down to mineral soil.
  • Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, is prohibited at all times on all federal lands, including Zion National Park.

    Violation of the above, prohibited acts is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

    For information concerning fire restrictions in Zion National Park call (435) 772-3256.

    Note: This page was updated on August 1, 2023 to correct a typographical error regarding violations.

Last updated: August 1, 2023

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