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Tennessee State Parks Temporarily Ban Backcountry Campfires
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 3:00 am In News | No Comments
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Parks system is issuing a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks due to dry weather conditions increasing wildfire hazards. The backcountry campfire ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
In coordination with the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry, this burn ban serves as an additional measure to ensure the safety of campers and to protect the parks’ forested areas. Campers will still be able to build campfires and use charcoal to cook their meals, as long as they are inside an appropriate fire ring or designated grill area.
“Dry weather has impacted the entire state, especially in West Tennessee and areas along the border of Middle and East Tennessee,” said Assistant Commissioner for Tennessee State Parks Mike Carlton. “Humidity is very low and with fronts bringing high winds, we want to take every precaution necessary to protect people and land.”
The system-wide backcountry campfire ban expands the campfire ban issued earlier this week at the Cumberland Trail State Park and Scenic Trail. Tennessee State Parks and the Division of Forestry fought two fires along the Cumberland Trail in recent weeks, one impacting approximately 50 acres near Soddy Daisy and the second burning nearly 200 acres near Sale Creek. Conditions continue to be at extremely high danger levels for fire outbreaks.
“We encourage all state park visitors to immediately report a fire or what could be a potential fire danger to 911. If a Tennessee State Park office or ranger station is nearby, also report to these appropriate locations,” added Carlton. “If hikers in the backcountry do not have immediate access to communication, please report potential fire hazards or visible burning to 911 as soon as possible. All visitors or hikers should use extreme caution and never approach a wildfire or attempt to put out a fire.”
Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free at 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.tnstateparks.com .
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