Published Nov 10, 2016
On Thursday, November 10, 2016, forest service officials with the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests implemented a total fire ban. There are more than 20 wildfires burning in the region. Extremely dry conditions, high fire danger and only a small chance of rain in the forecast will not help.
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal based fire whether in a grill or not) is NOT ALLOWED anywhere on the National Forest.
Items such as commercially available portable lanterns, stoves and heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed. Do not have open flame anywhere on the forest and be very cautious when extinguishing tobacco products or operating equipment without a spark arrestor.
This total fire ban expands the restrictions issued on October 28, 2016, to include restrictions in fee-area campgrounds. This restriction pertains to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The State of North Carolina has also issued a burn ban for 25 western counties.
Many wildfires are burning on over 17,000 acres across the Nantahala National Forest. All fires are being investigated for suspected arson.
Please call the National Forests of North Carolina at 828-257-4200 if you have information about persons setting fires or bragging about setting fires. If you see someone starting a fire, call 911.
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