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Forestry, Weather Officials Post 'Red Flag' Advice Against Burning

Posted April 5, 2007

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— The state Division of Forest Resources and weather forecasters issued a "red flag" warning Thursday for most of the state, asking people not to burn yard vegetation because dry, windy weather makes it too likely fires will spread.

Officials said it is the fourth time this year that conditions have required a "red flag" warning.

“We are urging people to postpone any outdoor burning,” said Shardul Raval, fire staff forester with the Division of Forest Resources. “We need much lower wind conditions and a good soaking rain before people should even think about burning.”

North Carolina is experiencing above average wildfire activity because of the dry, windy conditions, Raval said. So far in 2007, the state has seen 2,406 wildfires that have burned 9,920 acres. The No. 1 cause of wildfires in North Carolina is debris burning, or when fires escape from people burning brush, the state said.

The warning covered all counties in the Triangle.


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  • The Chosen One Apr 5, 2007

    Hate smokers..

  • wveagleson Apr 5, 2007

    I smoke, but I don't smoke in my car. The smell hurts the trade or sell value of your vehicle. I too see people throwing lit cigarette butts from their vehicles. It is very irritating. Just suppose someone had a gas leak and one of those sparking butts caused that car to ignite. Some poeple are just plain stupid and don't think about the consequences of their actions.

  • areyou.serious Apr 5, 2007

    What can we the public do about all the people we see throwing cigarette's out the window? I saw a fire off I-95N last month literally burning right next to the highway. Most likely started by a cigarette butt.

  • RIBEYE Apr 5, 2007

    With all these dang smokers in the area we are sure to go up in flames soon as they throw their dirty old butts out the window- which is illegal- but seldom enforced. Don't their cars have ashtrays?