As a result of the increased risk of fire caused by recent dry and windy conditions, County Parks Commissioner Joseph A. Stout today announced a ban on open fires at all county parks.
“Due to the lack of rainfall this summer and the recent windy conditions, many parks have become extremely dry,” Stout said. “Until we receive some substantial rainfall, we ask that all visitors to our parks take precautions to protect our parkland.”
Stout said that during the ban, charcoal and propane fires will only be permitted for cooking in permanently-fixed grills in the parks. No open fires are permitted. The Parks Department will continue to monitor conditions on a daily basis and will re-evaluate the ban if any appreciable rainfall occurs in the next several days.