Fire danger is high in Western North Carolina. Fire restrictions are in effect for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire is now prohibited. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is also prohibited.
The restrictions are in effect until August 8, 2020, unless rescinded earlier due to changed conditions. Commercially available fuel stoves (camp stoves) can be used at this time.
Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, N.C. Forest Service, and local volunteer fire departments have responded to multiple wildfires on federal, state, and private land. Many fires are being investigated for suspected arson. Please call your local law enforcement officials if you have information about persons setting fires or bragging about setting fires. If you see someone starting a fire, call 911.
Consider delaying visits and camping trips. Stay up to date on current closures at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures.