Fire Ban Lifted At Rocky Mountain National Park, Fire Restrictions Added At Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

While a ban on fires at Rocky Mountain National Park has been lifted, fire restrictions have been imposed at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks due to dry conditions.

At Rocky Mountain, officials had instituted a complete ban on open fires back on June 18. Campfires are now permitted in campgrounds, select designated backcountry campsites, and at designated picnic areas. The use of disposable or portable charcoal grills, wood fuel camp stoves and gas grills is allowed. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.

The last time a total fire ban was in place in Rocky Mountain was in September of 2010, and during the summer of 2002.

Meanwhile, at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California, officials have banned wood and barbecue fires below 6,000 feet, except in designated campground fire pits. This includes the Ash Mountain Picnic Area, the Hospital Rock Picnic Area, and backcountry areas below 6,000 feet.

Additionally, the two parks have banned smoking below 6,000 feet outside of campgrounds, developed areas, vehicles, or a building that allows smoking.