• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina


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Date: October 25, 2007
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?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.