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Pisgah-Nantahala bans fires through Aug. 8

High fire danger has spurred announcement of fire restrictions for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. 

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire is now prohibited. So is possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device. Restrictions will remain in effect through Aug. 8 unless rescinded earlier due to a change in conditions. Camp stoves are still allowed during this time. 

The N.C. Forest Service issued a burn ban for 32 western counties — including Haywood, Jackson, Swain and Macon — on April 3, but that ban was lifted April 13. 

Firefighters have responded to multiple wildfires on federal, state and private land. Many fires are being investigated for suspected arson. Contact local law enforcement with any information about suspected arson, or call 911 is you see someone starting a fire.