NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TEMPORARY FIRE BAN LIFTED
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Superintendent Michael Murray announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore has lifted the park-wide open burning ban on all the beaches in Dare and Hyde counties. This followed the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources lead of removing the state-wide open fire burning ban due to recent rain fall and the anticipation of more rain fall. The recent rain fall has reduced fire danger, but not ended drought conditions the state is facing. Small beach fires are now permitted on the beaches of the Seashore. All open beach fires must be no larger than 3 feet in diameter.
The ban on open burning was necessary due to the dry weather conditions and an increase in fire activity statewide. Visitors are still asked to dispose of used smoking materials properly and away from any combustible materials. Caution should still be exercised while cooking outdoors and water kept on hand to keep the fire under control.
Visitors are reminded that fireworks are strictly prohibited in the National Seashore.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.