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Posted by Last Chance Rand on August 20, 2004 at 13:42:58:

In Reply to: Campfires posted by Trish on August 20, 2004 at 08:26:12:


Revised November, 1999

36 CFR 2.13(a)(1) - FIRES

* Campfires are permitted only in campgrounds or picnic areas, in fire enclosures, grills or fire grates that have been provided by the park.

* At the Hot Springs Campground (Saline Valley), ashes must be removed from fire enclosures at the time of departure. Ashes must be transported out of the park.

* The construction of new fire rings is specifically prohibited.

* All firewood must be brought into the park. No gathering, cutting or scavenging of firewood or kindling is permitted in the park from any source.

* Debris burning is not permitted in the park by the public.

* Debris burning on private lands within the park is only permitted on state approved "Permitted Burn Days," in compliance with regulations of the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, and under the conditions of a burn permit issued by the park.


Most of Death Valley is not classified as a high fire danger environment. The use of ground fires however, requires aggressive management due to the high probability of windblown hot coals or ash igniting combustible materials such as tents, awnings and vehicles. Allowing open fires only in existing fire enclosures, grills or fire grates that have been provided by the park helps to control human-caused fires. Restricting fires also serves to inhibit the illegal collection of sparse native vegetation and woody materials from wooden signs and historic structures. Persons desiring to use portable grills do not compromise park management concerns when procedures for disposal of ashes/coals are followed. Campfire restrictions do not apply to the use of gas or petrochemical cooking or heating stoves or to lanterns as the use of those devices, which are easily extinguished, pose a minimal threat to the resource.

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