Extreme Wildfire Risk – Forest Service Bans Campfires

Burn Ban In Effect - NO FIRES

UPDATE (December 6, 2016) – The U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina has lifted fire restrictions on the Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie National Forests. Although campfires are allowed, visitors are asked to be careful with fire.

The U.S. Forest Service has issued an emergency campfire restriction for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina.

The N.C. Forest Service has issued a burn ban for western North Carolina.

Panthertown Valley is at high risk for human caused wildfire.

No campfires are allowed in Panthertown until further notice.

Please be extremely vigilant to help protect our precious forests from additional wildfires.

U.S. Forest Service Fire Restrictions


  • fire danger extremeUntil further notice, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have the following fire restrictions in place due to the extremely dry conditions, high fire danger, and little chance of rain in the immediate forecast.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal based fire whether in a grill or not) is NOT ALLOWED anywhere on the National Forest.
  • The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.


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