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Land Between the Lakes Eases Campfire Restrictions

October 17, 2019 | Staff Report

The Forest Service is lifting campfire restrictions in the Land Between the Lakes on Oct. 17, meaning that wood campfires and the use of charcoal for cooking will be allowed in dispersed campsites as well as in designated campgrounds.

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area implemented campfire restrictions late last month in response to a “flash drought” that created critical fire weather conditions for the forest. A short trend of cool and wet weather has lessened the potential for extreme fire behavior and growth.

“Our visitors and recreationists need to be aware that we are entering our normal fire season and the potential for large fire, especially if warmer weather returns,” Land Between the Lakes Area Supervisor Tina Tilley said. She cautioned that re-implementation of campfire restrictions may be necessary if the current weather trend reverts to dry and hot conditions.

Visitors and hunters should be careful with all fires, and make sure fires are completely out and cold to the touch before they leave their campsite. Fireworks are never allowed in national lands.

Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties have also lifted their burn bans.

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