LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Strong to severe storms are possible Tuesday afternoon and evening, especially on the Plateau. The main threats are damaging winds, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning.
Gatlinburg (WVLT) - If you're making plans to camp in the backcountry areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can forget about a campfire.
Park leaders say conditions are extremely dry and there is an increase risk for wildfires.
The ban affects the park's 100-plus back-country sites and shelters and will remain in effect until further notice.
Officials say the burn restriction is intended to reduce the potential for human-caused wildfires.
Right now, two fires are burning in remote areas of Sevier and Blount counties.
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