The state is reminding holiday weekend campers there's a statewide ban on open fires.
A prolonged drought and a rash of wildfires in recent weeks has led to an indefinite statewide ban on open burning as of August 21st.
The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is allowing campers to use gas or propane stoves, a charcoal grill or campground fire ring with metal sides.
Violators at state sites face fines.
The U.S. Forest Service is also restricting campfires. The agency says campers can only use camp stoves if they want to cook in the backcountry on federal park land.