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Fire Weather Prompts Closures at Big Bend National Park

BIG BEND, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Extreme fire weather across the state has prompted officials at Big Bend National Park to close 11 backpacking sites in the Chisos Mountains. 

Starting Tuesday, the Juniper Flats, Boulder Meadows and Pinnacles campsites will be closed, however, trails will remain open for hiking, according to the release. 

Officials say drying winds, low relative humidity and severe drought conditions have created very hazardous conditions. 

"The intention of this closure is to limit the hazard exposure to visitors and responders from a fire that starts in the Chisos Basin developed area, with potential to run rapidly upslope, engulfing the Pinnacles Trail and affected campsites," a statement in the release reads. "A lack of an alternate evacuation route from this area means these campsites face a particularly high risk in the event of a fire started in the heavily populated areas below."

Park officials are also reminding visitors of the park-wide charcoal ban currently in place. 


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