An emergency order banning fires in the Daniel Boone National Forest came after Forest Service officials worked several small fires over the past few days caused by out of control campfires.
A group of young campers from Indiana had their hearts set on some serious backcountry camping.
"We were going to go camping kind of out in the wilderness, making fire, doing stuff like that," said Robert Babcock.
But extremely dry conditions and forecast scorching temperatures have dashed their plans.
"Since there's a fire ban, we're not going to be able to build a fire at all so we're going to have to stay near the campgrounds. I was a little disappointed. I wanted to make food instead of having to go cook it on something. It's kind of lame, but whatever, we'll make due with what we have," said Babcock.
Officials with the Daniel Boone National Forest issued an emergency order banning most fires and all fireworks in the forest until further notice. Campers can't have campfires, charcoal grills, open-flame torches in undeveloped areas. Officials say they're trying to prevent a situation like in 2010, when fire ravaged hundreds of acres of the forest.
"The use of open fire in the past has resulted in escaped campfires and different things and that's led to a lot of damage in the National Forest," said Paul Finke, of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Anyone caught violating the ban could be fined $300 and be held liable for firefighting costs. Forest officials said portable lanterns and stoves that use gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed.
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