Archived Outdoors

Smokies burn ban lifted

Smokies burn ban lifted File photo

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park  has lifted a burn ban that’s been in effect for weeks amid drought conditions and an active wildfire season. 

The ban was lifted Nov. 29. The park had previously banned backcountry campfires Nov. 6 and frontcountry campfires Nov. 16. Although precipitation, cooler temperatures and shorter days allow for campfires to resume, fire danger is still high across the park and the area is experiencing drought.

Campfires are allowed only in designated areas. Visitors should keep campfires small, attend them while burning and fully extinguish so the embers are cool to the touch before leaving.

Burn bans have also been lifted in 30 western counties and the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, but a backcountry campfire ban remains in effect for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Smokey Mountain News Logo
Go to top
Payment Information


At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.