Yosemite Lifts All Fire Restrictions Following Wet Week

After a wet week in Yosemite National Park, the National Park Service has lifted all fire restrictions in the park. Although the suspension of fire restrictions may not last until the end of the year, the announcement indicates a transition of seasons in California’s most popular national park.

On July 16, the NPS announced sweeping fire restrictions in anticipation of fire season, including a ban on cigarettes and campfires in most wilderness areas. With the changing of the seasons to a cool, wetter climate, restrictions are no longer needed.

All previously enacted fire restrictions are hereby lifted and all associated orders are rescinded:

• Campfires are once again permitted in the Wilderness, where not otherwise prohibited by regulation. Fires remain prohibited above 9,600 feet and in other designated areas due to scarcity of wood and resource concerns. Where fires are permitted, existing campfire rings must be used.

• Campfires and cooking fires may be used in designated campgrounds, picnic areas, and residential areas in accordance with park regulations.

• Where wood gathering is permitted, only dead and down wood may be gathered.

• Extinguish cigarettes prior to disposal; filters must be properly disposed of in a trash receptacle.

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