NPS Temporary Fire Ban Lifted
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that effective immediately the temporary fire ban is lifted for Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. The North Carolina State Forest Service and Dare County Fire Marshall’s Office lifted the fire ban in 19 eastern counties on Monday, August 8, 2011. The fire ban has been in effect since June 23, 2011 due to the extremely hot and dry weather and many areas facing drought conditions.
Beach fires are permitted on the National Seashore beaches of both Dare and Hyde County. The use of grills for cooking is also permitted. Extremely dry conditions persist in eastern North Carolina. Visitors are asked to dispose of used charcoal and any smoking materials, such as cigar or cigarette butts, carefully and away from any combustible materials. Additionally, visitors are reminded that fireworks are strictly prohibited in the National Seashore.
For more information, contact park headquarters at 252-473-2111 ext. 118.
Did You Know?
The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.