MANTEO, N.C. — The National Park Service issued a ban on beach fires between midnight and 6 a.m., effective Monday.
The new rules apply to all beaches at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
A spokesman said, "The time restriction will allow visitors to continue to enjoy the experience of having a beach fire, while improving the management control of the problems associated with late night fires.”
According to the park service rules,
- Beach fires should be no greater than 3 feet in diameter and should be built with untreated wood with no nails in it.
- Beach fires must be located below the mean high tide line, no less than 100 feet seaward of a vegetated dune.
- Reasonable quantities of down and dead wood, including driftwood, may be collected for fuel in beach fires.
- Use of water to extinguish the fire is recommended rather than burying the fire with sand. Sand burial insulates the fire and keeps it from cooling.