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Seasonal Fire Ban and Parking Restrictions Renewed in 2024 on Illinois River Corridor

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The US Forest Service has announced the beginning of the seasonal fire ban and parking prohibitions on the recreation section of the Illinois River Corridor.

The seasonal ban includes the building, maintaining, attending or using of fire -- except in designated Forest Service fire rings. It also prohibits parking or leaving a vehicle inside the white lines along Illinois River Road.

This order is effective from May 13th through October 31st, unless rescinded sooner. See the closure order at "tinyurl.com/3n7j8j6k."

The Wild and Scenic Section of the Illinois River is renowned for its outstanding values including blue-green, crystal-clear waters, its spectacular and varied landscapes, and its botanical biodiversity.

Along the approximate four-mile recreation section of the Illinois, there have been ongoing and significant issues with illegal campfires and road safety over the years. Forest officials said these violations were creating safety and access issues for recreationists, emergency personnel and whitewater enthusiasts with permits.

In 2008, the Forest Service completed new developed recreation sites that included fire rings and designated parking areas along the Illinois River recreation corridor. However, safety issues remain a concern.

Law enforcement patrols help keep recreationists safe during heavy use periods.
Posted on 5/15/24 5:58AM by Sam Marsh