DEM places outdoor fire ban at state campgrounds, parks, and management areas

Credit: Department of Environmental Management.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management placed a ban Friday on all outdoor fires at state campgrounds, parks, and management areas.

The ban is effective Saturday morning, and includes all campfires at campgrounds and picnic areas. This comes as almost all areas in Rhode Island are in extreme drought conditions.

The ban is in response to the “dangerous risk of wildfires in Rhode Island,” according to the DEM. However, ” Campers at State
campgrounds and management areas, as well as State park patrons, will be permitted to use portable gas cooking stoves and grills, liquefied or bottled fuels, and propane/liquid-fueled lanterns in designated areas.”

The DEM will continue to monitor the conditions to determine when the ban can be lifted.

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