NPS Follows NC Statewide Ban on Open Fires for National Seashore Beaches
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-5860
Acting Superintendent Mark Hardgrove 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?
When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.