Open fires have been temporarily banned throughout the Massachusetts state parks system  because of drought conditions and the threat of wildfires.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation officials announced the ban on Tuesday, August 23. The ban – effective immediately – is set to continue until further notice.

The ban is on all open flame and charcoal fires across the state parks system. Small portable propane grills are still allowed at campgrounds and recreation areas where grilling is permitted.

According to an article on, Massachusetts had 12 active wildfires burning in the state as of Tuesday. That includes a large fire at the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, which officials announced on Wednesday would be closed until further notice.