For those making Memorial Day Weekend plans, here is something you should consider:Guadalupe Mountains National Park Superintendent Dennis A. Vásquez announced that the park will restrict smoking beginning May 12, 2013, as a precautionary measure, in light of the park’s HIGH fire danger rating, which has been caused by continuing high temperatures, low relative humidity, very dry vegetation and high winds.
The following restrictions will apply:
- If you smoke, do so only inside vehicles or on hard, paved surfaces at least 30 feet from any vegetation, and dispose of butts in your vehicle ashtray or in receptacles only.
- Open flames, campfires, or charcoal or wood barbecues are never allowed within the park.
- Don’t park vehicles on dry grass.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Remember, fires can start easily and spread quickly.
Vásquez emphasized, however, “Guadalupe Mountains National Park remains open and we hope that visitors will continue to recreate and enjoy the park. We are continuing to monitor conditions and will re-evaluate these restrictions should conditions change and significantly decrease fire danger.”
For fire safety tips or more information on fire restrictions across Texas, visit http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/, http://ticc.tamu.edu/ or the Texas Interagency Coordination Center at (936) 875-4786. For information on fire restrictions across New Mexico, visit www.NMFireInfo.com <http://www.NMFireInfo.com> , http://InciWeb.org/ or call the Interagency Restriction and Closure Hotline at (877) 864-6985.
Plan before you come! Check the park’s website (www.nps.gov/GUMO/ <http://www.nps.gov/GUMO/> ) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Guadalupe.Mountains/ <http://www.facebook.com/Guadalupe.Mountains/> ), or call the Pine Springs Visitor Center at (915) 828-3251 x2124 for park information, including park conditions, closures or restrictions, weather, safety and program information, may be found on Motorists travelling past the park on U.S. Highway 62/180 may tune in to the park’s Traveller Information System (TIS) radio broadcast, at 1560 AM, for up-to-date park information.