Gulf Islands National Seashore urges “extreme caution” due to current high wildfire risk

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Staff reports

High temperatures and a lack of precipitation in recent weeks have created very dry fuel conditions and high fire danger in areas throughout Gulf Islands National Seashore. No burn bans have been initiated at this time, but visitors should use extreme caution when using fire rings, picnic area charcoal grills, and camp stoves. Park staff and regional wildland fire managers are closely watching conditions.

All campfires, charcoal grills, or camp stoves should only be used in designated areas that are free from combustible materials such as dry grass, leaf litter, and pine needles. Fires should be attended at all times and completely extinguished prior to leaving the site. Visitors should only smoke in areas that are free from combustible fuels, and ensure that the cigarette is completely extinguished and disposed of properly. Fireworks are always strictly prohibited in all areas of the national seashore.

If dry weather continues, the park may implement restrictions on all open fires including campfires, charcoal grills, and camp stoves. Any restrictions will be posted on the park’s website and social media accounts. To report a wildfire in the national seashore, please call 911.

Recent efforts by the national seashore to reduce the risk of wildland fire through prescribed burns in the Naval Live Oaks Area help curtail the risk to life, property, and resources in the event of a wildfire, but cannot prevent them entirely.