Due to the recent wildfires and dry conditions, park officials for the Great Smoky Mountains have banned campfires until further notice. The ban also applies to charcoal grills.
The National Park Service says this applies to both the Tennessee and North Carolina side of the mountains. Visitors are still able to use cookstoves with compressed gas canisters and gas grills with on/off switches.
These restrictions went into effect after wildfires have been breaking out out across East Tennessee. A wildfire also started in Pigeon Forge on Wednesday night, which temporarily closed Dollywood on Thursday.
Currently, there is an ongoing burn ban in Sevier County (WVLT).