Due to the severe drought conditions in East Tennessee, Gatlinburg has issued a burn ban for the city.
The city's fire department decided the dry conditions and increased fuel load from fall foliage is creating potentially hazardous fire conditions.
Officials plan to re-evaluate conditions on November 15 to decide whether to end the ban. The fire department won't be issuing any burn permits until the ban is lifted.
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However, campgrounds can allow campfires as long as it is enclosed and contained with fire rings or other barrier materials.
The Smokies ban only applies to campers in the park's 100+ backcountry sites and shelters. Backpacking stoves are still allowed.