Campers Come Despite Hot Weather and Burn Bans

Emily Cassulo

WILDERSVILLE, Tenn. - A burn ban may be in effect in Henderson County, but that is not keeping campers from celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors.

Campers at Natchez Trace State Park told 7 Eyewitness News the burn ban is not impacting them as much as you might think.

Jonathan and Pennie Childress vacation at Natchez Trace several times a year.

"We're still enjoying the outdoors," Pennie Childress said. "Fishing in the morning. Fishing in the afternoon, and just kind've laying around midday."

And they said they are not letting a burn ban ruin their traditional camping experience.

"When they told us the fire ban was in place, we had a half a truckload of wood, and we thought about it, and said, 'Well, it's so hot, might as well just make the best of it," Jonathan Childress said.

Henderson County, along with several other West Tennessee counties, enacted burn bans this week because it has been so dry.

Until the ban is lifted, campers at Natchez Trace cannot cook with firewood. Instead, they have to cook on the grill with charcoal.

Campers said forget the campfire. They are still able to make s'mores.

"We've been roasting s'mores on the stove. It works pretty well," camper Kate Foltz said.

State forestry officials said anyone caught recklessly burning will be fined $2,500 and/or could get jail time.


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