HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- For those looking to explore the great outdoors, the no burn order that was issued could possibly put a damper on your planned camp fires. But, campers at Monte Sano State Park said the drought conditions haven't impacted their experience too much.
Ricky Franklin and his wife traveled from Chattanooga to enjoy a week of camping at Monte Sano State Park. They weren't aware of the burn bans in place when they arrived, but Franklin said it didn't really matter.
"The grills in this campground are ground level, so it was just like having a little campfire but it was just contained," said Franklin.
Grill fires were the only fires allowed at the camp ground, but Franklin said the campers still had all the comforts of a typical camping trip.
"People were roasting hot dogs, and toasting marshmallows so it truly didn't affect our camping experience at all," he said.
Franklin said part of that is because they were camping in their RV, but the no burn order could affect other types of campers.
"The tent campers you know they like to get off the beaten trail a little bit sometimes, and they're more, might be more prone to having you know a typical campfire than a metal grill, " he said.
Franklin said burn bans in these conditions are pretty common, because it's always better to be safe than sorry.
"Let's face it some people might be a little careless that can cause, you know a big problem for everybody, especially the parks like this," he said.
While camp fires, trash fires, and other burns are banned barbecue fires are allowed if they are contained in a charcoal grill or fire pit. So you don't have to miss out on your hot dogs or s'mores this weekend if you're enjoying the great outdoors. But anyone grilling during a drought emergency should have a water hose on hand.