FIRE AWARENESS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

FIRE AWARENESS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

It’s desert…what’s to burn?  Not so, says Ranger Pam Tripp…

Fire has always played a major role in Joshua Tree National Park and other desert areas.  Lightning strikes as well as human caused fires are both helpful and harmful to certain desert landscapes.  Fire is a part of nature and we need to appreciate its potential for benefit and destruction.  Small, relatively cool ground fires may clear brush and kill certain non-native plants, which in turn, allow many desirable plant species to germinate.  However, larger and hotter fires can kill many plants and animals, and, endanger human lives. In Joshua Tree, campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds, where grills or fire pits are provided; no ground fires are allowed. Be sure campfires are out and cold before leaving the site. Since many campgrounds do not have water available, be prepared with enough water to extinguish any fires you plan to start. For more information on fire go to:  www.fire.ca.gov

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