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February 20, 2024

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GSMNP Lifts Campfire Ban

Starting Wednesday, November 29, the ban on burning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been lifted. Although recent precipitation, cooler temperatures, and shorter days have made it possible to resume campfires, the park still faces high fire danger due to ongoing drought conditions.

Campfires are only permitted in specific designated areas at both frontcountry and backcountry campsites. It’s important to maintain small campfires to minimize the risk of embers spreading. Always stay present and ensure that campfires are fully extinguished. A fire is considered extinguished when it’s completely cooled down and safe to touch.

Earlier this month, the park implemented a ban on campfires to reduce the potential for human-caused wildfires during dry weather conditions and heightened wildfire risks in the park.

As of now, there are no active wildfires within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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