UPDATE 6:48pm Monday Nov 7 – A burning ban has been issues for 25 counties in the North Carolina mountains. For more information see this article.
As western North Carolina continues to deal with drought conditions some state parks are issuing burning bans. Grandfather Mountain State Park on Monday issued a campfire ban until further notice.
“Due to unusually dry conditions at Grandfather Mountain State Park,campfires at all campsites are banned until further notice. Self-contained camp stoves are permitted.” says a statement on the Park's website.
Watauga County Forest Ranger Stuart Scott continues to warn High Country residents and visitors about the increased fire danger in the region. In mid October Ranger Scott told WataugaOnline.com, “I would like to warn landowners to be extremely cautious with debris and leaf burning as conditions are prime for forest ignition.”
According to the North Carolina Forest Service preliminary reports show that 16 wildfires were burning on Sunday November 6.