Department of Parks
State Park Campgrounds Approved For Fires Under Certain Conditions
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guests at Kentucky State Park campgrounds were granted approval to build fires under certain conditions during the current statewide ban on outdoor burning.
Campground guests at 31 state park campgrounds and the Kentucky Horse Park were given approval by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Forestry. Governor Ernie Fletcher signed an executive order banning all outdoor burning across the Commonwealth as the extreme drought situation has created extraordinarily hazardous wildfire conditions in Kentucky.
Under the approval given Friday by the Division of Forestry, fires at state park campsites will be limited to improved sites with fire rings and a water source. Fires will not be permitted in primitive camping areas or in upright grills located in picnic and cottage areas.
Propane gas stoves are allowed to be used at the state parks.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov