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Off-road vehicle catches on fire at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Ramp 38 near Avon, N.C.

Photo of a vehicle after a fire destroyed it on the beach.
Fire-damaged 1997 Ford Explorer near the exit to Ramp 38.

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News Release Date: September 10, 2021

Contact: Michael Barber, 252-423-0195

MANTEO, N.C. — This morning, Cape Hatteras National Seashore law enforcement rangers and the Avon Volunteer Fire Department responded to a significant off-road vehicle (ORV) fire near the exit to Ramp 38, located just south of Avon, North Carolina. No injuries were reported.

“The Seashore strongly recommends that tire pressure be lowered to at least 20 psi before driving on designated ORV routes in order to decrease stress on vehicles and help maintain travel conditions for other drivers,” stated David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “Fortunately, passengers in this destroyed vehicle smelled smoke and quickly got out before sustaining serious injuries.”

Photo of vehicle destroyed by fire on the beach.
Another view of the fire-damaged off-road vehicle.

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A firefighter works to put out vehicle fire on beach.
Firefighter from Avon Volunteer Fire Department works to put out vehicle fire. Cape Hatteras National Seashore appreciates their quick and professional response.

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Last updated: September 10, 2021

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