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Burning Ban Douses Holiday Campfires

Posted August 29, 2007 12:56 p.m. EDT

— People camping out over the Labor Day weekend must obey the statewide ban on open burning if they wish to cook outside, officials said Wednesday.

The state Division of Forest Resources enacted the ban last week because the ongoing drought created conditions across North Carolina favorable to wildfires.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation isn't permitting campfires at any of its campgrounds across the state. Campers can use gas or propane stoves, as well as charcoal cooking fires within a charcoal grill or campground fire ring with metal sides.

An adult must attend all cooking fires, and coals must be properly extinguished before disposal, officials said.

The U.S. Forest Service also is restricting campfires in federal park land, requiring campers to rely on camp stoves. Anyone who wants to have a campfire has to stay at one of the Forest Service’s developed recreational sites, where a fire ring or grill is provided.

Violations of the open-burning ban face a $100 fine.