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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Burning Ban on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Press Release:
Mar 17, 2006

(Asheville)-Because of the continuing high fire danger, Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis today issued a temporary ban on open fires on all National Park Service land along the 469-mile Parkway corridor.

The ban includes campfires, charcoal and all other fuels that are not completely enclosed.

According to the Public Notice, issued at noon, careful use of self-contained gas or liquid fuel stoves is still permitted, as are cigarettes and other legal smoking products.

Francis noted that the Parkway has experienced several recent fires, including one that burned more than 1,000 acres along and near the Parkway north of Roanoke, Virginia. He said the ban would be lifted as soon as weather and other conditions that affect fire danger permit.

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