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Last updated on Thursday, October 11, 2007
(BEDFORD) - The United States Department of Agriculture has decided to initiate a ban on all campfires, and to restrict smoking, in the Hoosier National Forest.
The USDA says, due to extended drought conditions, campers at Hoosier National Forest may not ignite campfires of any sort, and smokers may only light up in a vehicle or enclosed building. Smokers unable to find those enclosures may also light up in areas that are completely barren for a 3 foot diameter, or has been cleared of all flammable material.
Officials say the use of gas and propane stoves are still allowed, but only if there is a valve to shut off the fuel source in the event of an emergency.
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