Campfires, forest fires, graffiti, bus schedules and new superintendents

Along with other campgrounds in the North Cascades National Park complex, Harlequinn Campground near the community of Stehekin has fire restrictions in effect which currently ban campfires / Rebecca Latson file

There is always something going on in the national park system, and the summer is a particularly busy time. Here is a summary of the latest news in the parks.

Campfires prohibited in the North Cascades National Park complex

As of Friday, July 16, campfires or the lighting of wood, briquettes or any other fuel in fireplaces, wood stoves and barbecues are prohibited in all parts of the North National Park service complex. Cascades – North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area and Chelan Lake National Recreation Area. This includes all National Park Service campgrounds and campgrounds along State Route 20, as well as Hozomeen and the entire Stehekin Valley. Stoves or grills that are powered solely by liquid petroleum based fuels for cooking purposes are permitted in all locations. The burning ban complements similar restrictions in the adjacent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and in British Columbia, Canada.

Be careful when you smoke and do not throw away cigarette butts. It is still prohibited to discharge or use any type of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on Federal Lands.

If smoke or flames are visible, call 911 or report to any ranger station.

Lightning ignites wildfires in the wilds of Kings Canyon National Park

The Lost Fire seen from a reconnaissance flight on Monday July 12, 2021, Kings Canyon National Park / National Park Service

Recent lightning in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in two new wildfires in the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. The Lost Fire, spotted July 10, is currently mapped to 92 acres, and the Sugar Fire, spotted July 11, is currently mapped to a quarter acre. None of the fires present a risk to life or property, and there are no closures due to the fires at this time.

In order to mitigate the potential impacts of smoke during the remainder of the summer and to minimize damage to resources from critical fuel humidity, both fires are suppressed. Firefighters were inserted by helicopter to suppress the Sugar Fire. For the larger Lost Fire, located in remote and rugged terrain south of Middle Fork of the Kings River in the Slide Bluff area, firefighters are using a containment and containment strategy.

Los Padres National Forest’s 530 helicopter will help manage the lost fire. Fire managers are strategizing on how to insert firefighters to engage in more direct suppression tactics.

In Sequoia National Park, pockets of active fire continue to emerge in the footprint of the 2020 castle fire. The continued hot and dry weather will likely result in the discovery of other trees in this area which have continued. hatching since last year.

“The fact that we always see fires in the Castle Fire footprint, as well as new starts, really underscores the importance of preventing man-made fires in the parks during this extremely dry and hot summer,” says John , responsible for fire management. Ziegler. “We are in the third stage of fire restrictions, which means no charcoal or wood fires or barbecues are allowed in the parks. We hope the need for these restrictions is clear under these circumstances. “

Further updates on these fires will be released as more information becomes available. For more information on park fires, click here.

Graffiti removed at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park

A fall view in Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park / NPS-Tom WIlson

Over the weekend, staff from Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park worked to remove the graffiti and burn marks associated with the recent degradation of the park’s iconic Illinois monument and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“I am grateful for the swift actions of park staff to clean up the vandalized areas. Although the impacts on the sites appear to be minimal, these illegal acts of vandalism adversely affect and degrade the visitor experience, and repairs, if possible, can be time consuming and expensive, ”said Patrick Gamman, Superintendent of the National Park. Kennesaw Mountain battlefield.

The vandalism was reported last Friday morning by park staff and volunteers. The damage included graffiti drawn on the Illinois monument, black carbon deposits at the grave site and the charred remains of two American flags, which did not belong to the park.

“We take incidents of vandalism in the park seriously and encourage anyone with information to contact us while the investigation continues,” Gamman said.

Anyone with information who can assist with this investigation is encouraged to contact investigators through the following means: NOTE: Use is limited to investigative advice ONLY and should not be used to offer general comments or opinions.

CALL or TEXT tip line 888-653-0009
E-MAIL [email protected]
EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1

Shuttle changes for summer and fall 2021 in Grand Canyon National Park

Boarding the shuttle, Grand Canyon National Park / NPS-Michael Quinn

Beginning July 17, 2021, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park should be prepared for changes in shuttle operations. The following changes will be in place from July 17 to November 30, 2021, unless otherwise specified.

To protect public health, all bus and shuttle operations are still being modified to meet COVID-19 guidelines. The modified buses currently carry a smaller number of passengers per trip with additional safety measures in place, including:

  • Shuttles operate at reduced capacity
  • Masks / blankets are compulsory on the bus; passengers must have their own masks / blankets;
  • Visitors should enter and exit through the back door only;
  • Hand sanitizer is available;
  • Passengers should follow all CDC and public health guidelines for physical distancing while in line;
  • Buses undergo daily cleaning in accordance with CDC and public health guidelines.

Main updates of the shuttle:

  • The Route du Village (Route Bleue) will run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Hermit’s Rest Road (Red Road) and Kaibab Rim Road (Orange Road) will operate from 5 a.m. until one hour after sunset.
  • Kaibab Rim Road (Orange Road) will go to all locations including westbound to the Yavapai Geology Museum.
  • The Tusayan road (purple road) will not work in 2021.

The Visitor Center-Hermit Road express bus will run from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., every 15 minutes. This route takes people straight from the Visitor Center to Hermit Road and vice versa. This route will run until September 10, 2021. The Hiker Express Bus, which departs from Bright Angel Lodge, then travels to the Backcountry Office, Visitor Center and South Kaibab Trailhead will operate at following hours:

  • July to August – starts at 4, 5 and 6 a.m.
  • September – starts at 5, 6 and 7 a.m.
  • October – starts at 6, 7 and 8 a.m.
  • November – starts at 7, 8 and 9 a.m.

For more information on the shuttles, click here.

New superintendents

Congratulations on the selection of Jim Ireland as Director of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah and Lloyd Masayumptewa as Director of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

Jim Ireland has nearly 30 years of experience in the NPS and was Superintendent of Timpanogos Cave National Monument near Salt Lake City, Utah for almost 10 years. Ireland recently served as Acting Superintendent of Bryce Canyon National Park since April 2021. He will assume the permanent role on July 18, 2021.

Lloyd Masayumptewa (Piivayouma) is Hopi from the third mesa village of Orayvi (Old Oraibi) and belongs to the Water-Coyote clan. He has been Acting Superintendent of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments since March 2021 and has over 20 years of experience in the NPS. He will take up his new role on July 18, 2021.

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