Campfire Ban In Backcountry Areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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