Due to dry conditions and high panhandle winds, officials at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument have implemented a burn ban.
Campfires and smoking in the parks are now restricted and will be enforced by they Superintendent until rescinded.
Park officials said the risk to public safety and structures within park boundaries and neighboring communities from a human-caused fire are great enough that these restrictions are necessary.
Officials said the following acts are prohibited in Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument until further notice:
Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using fires of any kind, including wood and charcoal campfires within developed campgrounds or picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation. Stoves fueled by petroleum or Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) fuels are allowed.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material down to mineral soil.
Possessing or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices is prohibited at all times on all federal public lands.
Violation of the above prohibited acts is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
For information concerning fire restrictions in Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, call 806-857-3151.