Carlsbad Caverns under fire restrictions

Carlsbad Caverns

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Carlsbad Caverns National Park is implementing fire restrictions because of the hot, dry weather.

Park officials are banning open flames and grilling in the park. Smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building and vehicles can’t be parked on dry grass or vegetation.

Superintendent Doug Neighbor reminds visitors that weather forecasts are predicting very hot temperatures and extremely dry conditions, which he says are the perfect combination for an easy start to a wildfire.

The park remains open under regular summer hours . provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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