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Areas of Big Bend National Park Closed Due to Fire Danger

I’m a little late reporting this, but I just found out Big Bend National Park has closed the High Chisos Backcountry campsites due to extreme fire danger. dispersed (zone) camping in the Blue Creek and Lower Juniper Zones are closed as well. Day hiking is still allowed on the Chisos Mountains trails, but there is a ban on any flame including smoking.

Effects of the recent Fort Davis Fire

The developed campground in the Chisos Basin and the Chisos Mountains Lodge remain open for overnight use. Overnight camping and backpacking is still possible for all other areas of the park, including dispersed camping.

Big Bend reports “The closure is for the protection of the park’s resources and to provide for visitor safety due to extreme fire danger within the park and the larger Big Bend region.” The closure is expected to last until the fire danger is no longer a threat which will be after the next significant rainfall.

After witnessing the extreme damage caused by the Fort Davis Fires Big Bend is not taking any chances. Firefighters are on severity standby within the park to respond immediately to any wildfire. Visitors are asked to report any indication of wildfire or smoke to a park ranger or visitor center as quickly as possible.

The whole state of Texas needs rain right now.

Related Posts:
Davis Mountians State Park Closed Until May 1st.
Davis Mountains Wildfire Update – April 12, 2011
Fire Destroys Parts of Davis Mountains State Park in Texas

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