Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument have officially posted a ban on smoking and campfires in the parks.
The restrictions were made effective Saturday and will remain in place until decided by the Superintendent.
Park officials feel that “the risk to public safety and structures within park boundaries and neighboring communities from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.”
Restrictions that have been put in place are as follows:
•Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using fires of any kind, including wood and charcoal campfires within developed campgrounds or picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation.
Stoves fueled by petroleum or Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) fuels are allowed.
•Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material down to mineral soil.
•Possessing or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, is prohibited at all times on all federal public lands.
If any of these restrictions are violated, there will be a fine no more than $5,000, imprisonment, or both.
For information concerning fire restrictions in Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, call 857-3151.