GATLINGBURG (AP) -- National Park Service officials have lifted a ban on campfires in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The ban was issued August 21st because of the continuing drought that caused extremely dry conditions in the big park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
Recent rainfall and cooler weather have reduced the danger, but Park Service officials caution hikers to be very careful with campfires.
Also, rangers report many of the free-running springs aren't flowing along a 16-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail between Shuckstack Mountain, north of Fontana Dam, to Spence Field.
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