National Park Service announces fire restrictions for southeast Utah parks
MOAB, Utah — Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger in southeast Utah, Superintendent Kate Cannon recently announced fire restrictions for Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.
Beginning May 25, fires will be permitted only in designated fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Open fires are prohibited in backcountry campsites at all times.
In the river corridors where there are no designated campsites, petroleum-fueled stoves are the recommended method for cooking. Visitors camping in river corridors may also use a charcoal fire if the fire is completely contained in a metal fire pan.
Man Drowns in Lake Powell
GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA — At around 9 p.m. May 16, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a call of a possible drowning in Lake Powell near Cedar Canyon. National Park Service Rangers, along with a Utah State Parks officer, responded from Bullfrog and located the reporting party in Cedar Canyon.
Rangers confirmed Jimmie D. Randall, 81, drowned attempting to secure a vessel to a houseboat. Randall was not wearing a life jacket at the time he fell into the water. Authorities said Randall’s fishing partner dove into the water in an attempt to rescue him, but was unsuccessful.
Donkey rescue group to relocate burros from Death Valley
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK — Burros from Death Valley National Park will soon be moving to new homes. The National Park Service has entered into a five-year agreement with the Texas-based nonprofit Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue to capture 2,500 burros from Death Valley National Park and relocate them to offsite adoption facilities and sanctuaries.
“Burros are not part of the natural California desert ecosystem,” said Mike Reynolds, superintendent of Death Valley National Park. “They damage springs and vegetation. They compete for food and water with native animals, such as desert bighorn sheep. In addition, they are a safety hazard to visitors on park roadways. With this partnership, we have created a win-win situation for the burros, the park, and taxpayers.”
Relocations will be done through a public-private partnership with minimal cost to the government. Peaceful Valley’s burro project at Death Valley National Park is entirely funded by private donations, foundation grants, and corporate sponsorships.
Information provided by NPS.