Acadia National Park officials are complain of "backcountry camping"  and the illegal fires that come with it.

According to a press release issued today, "in the past two weeks, three illegal campsites, all with open fires activity, have been located in the park."  One fire started by a camper and discovered this past Friday burned almost a quarter of an acre at an illegal campsite near the base of Cadillac Summit Road. The Bar Harbor Fire Department along with Mount Desert Fire Department extinguished the fire and identified a "person of interest."

There is no “backcountry camping” allowed in the park. There are four campgrounds managed by Acadia National Park and many other private campgrounds in the communities surrounding the park.

Acadia National Park officials and Rangers have also noticed this year that folks are leaving a greater number of legal fires burning and unattended.   Visitors are reminded to not leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread. When leaving a campsite or picnic area, drown the campfire with water to ensure no hot embers remain.


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