The mostly warm and dry weather this fall has prompted more people to visit Iowa’s state parks. Those outdoor enthusiasts are being reminded conditions in several areas of the state are increasing the potential for wildfires.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Park Supervisor Greg Van Fossen says burn bans in some counties may limit activities.
“If a campfire or cooking on a fire are really important to you in your camping experience, don’t take a chance, make sure you call and find out for sure because it can vary widely,” Van Fossen said. Burn bans are in effect for around two dozen Iowa counties. In some cases, even barbeque grills are prohibited.
“The big message here is be sure you either call the park you’re headed to either state, county or federal…or check the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s website and it will show the counties under burn bans,” Van Fossen said. Even though some parts of Iowa have received rain recently, Van Fossen notes it hasn’t been enough to lift the bans.
Thanks to Pat Blank, Iowa Public Radio