Burn Bans In Effect
November 18th, 2016
Due to dry conditions and high risk there is a fire ban in place across the entire Appalachian trail in Georgia North Carolina , Tennessee and most of Virginia.
There are additional Fire bans that extend to the entire Jefferson and George Washington National Forests: "Fires are allowed within developed areas such as camp-grounds and day-use areas. They must be contained to fire rings, stoves, or grills. Use of stoves, lanterns, and heating equipment that use liquid or gas fuel are still permitted throughout the forest.""
Patrick County, Franklin County, Botetourt County, Craig County ,Floyd County, Montgomery County , and Christiansburg put local burn bans in place. The ban includes leaves, limbs, bonfires, and other outdoor burning. Failure to comply with the ban is a class three misdemeanor.
There are also some emergency Trail closures in North Carolina and Georgia do to ongoing fires burning right now.
Please be safe out there and be aware of the ban's in place. For more information check out the following links.
Local Ban Information
AT closings and burn ban info
Forest service updates