CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WATE) – U.S. Forest Service officials have implemented special fire restrictions in the Cherokee National Forest due to the dry conditions, high fire danger and little chance of rain in the immediate forecast.
Beginning Saturday, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire outside of developed recreation areas will be forbidden. The use of portable lanterns, stoves or heating equipment what utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.
Fires at developed recreation areas must be confined to receptacles designed for fire. Metal fire rings and grills are provided in those areas.
Cherokee National Forest Fire Management Officer, Marty Bentley explained, “This simply means that the only places National Forest visitors can have a fire is in developed recreation areas where metal fire rings and grills are provided. Portable lanterns, stoves or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed. This action is necessary to protect National Forest resources and visitors. This restriction only pertains to the Cherokee National Forest. We intend to terminate this restriction as soon as we receive significant moisture and conditions warrant it.”