As a result of dry grass contributing to high fire danger in Zion National Park, restrictions have been instituted prohibiting campfires and smoking in vegetated areas as of Monday, June 1.
They will be enforced until rescinded by the superintendent. Park officials feel that the risk to public safety and property within Zion National Park from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.
Late winter and early spring rains have led to an abundant crop of invasive grasses growing in Zion Canyon. These grasses are now curing out and becoming extremely flammable. They present a significant fire danger to park visitors and facilities, especially in the campgrounds in Zion Canyon, according to park officials.
Restrictions include setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire (including charcoal) in campgrounds, picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation. Stoves and grills fueled by petroleum fuels such as Liquid Propane Gas, butane, or white gas are allowed. Smoking is not allowed except in an enclosed vehicle, or a developed recreation site clear of vegetation, or other areas devoid of vegetation with a minimum of three feet in diameter clear down to mineral soil.
Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, is prohibited at all times on all federal lands, including Zion National Park.
Violation of the above prohibited acts is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or both.