NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TEMPORARY FIRE BAN
Contact: Outer Banks Group, Norah Martinez, (252) 473-2111 ext 119
Superintendent Michael Murray announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore will comply with the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources' statewide ban on all open burning. All beach fires are temporarily banned from the beaches of the Seashore. Campground fires which are contained inside grills are permitted.
The ban on open burning is necessary because of the dry weather conditions and an increase in fire activity statewide. Visitors are asked to dispose of used smoking materials properly and away from any combustible materials. Caution should be exercised while cooking outdoors and lit materials should be confined to grill apparatus. Additionally, visitors are reminded that fireworks are strictly prohibited in the National Seashore.
By North Carolina law, the N.C. Division of Forest Resources' ban prohibits all open burning statewide, regardless of whether a permit was issued.
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.