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Open Burning Ban Lifted Across N.C.

Posted September 18, 2007

— The state lifted its monthlong ban on open burning Tuesday because of last week's storm that dropped several inches of rain across the state.

The North Carolina Division of Forest Resources said recent rainfall and lower temperatures have reduced the threat for wildfires.

Residents should remain cautious, however, officials said. And if drought conditions continue and wildfires pick back up, the ban could reinstated.

The open burning ban went into effect Aug. 21 after dry weather conditions, coupled with below-normal rainfall, led to an increasing number of wildfires across the state.

The latest figures from the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council suggest most of the state is still experiencing extreme or severe drought conditions.


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  • plmbgold Sep 19, 2007

    How STUPID can they be? We are still under a severe drought situation!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve Crisp Sep 19, 2007

    Any time I have had to burn anything, I get a 55 gallon drum, get it really hot, and toss things in little by little. If the fire is hot enough, there is no appreciable smoke. And always keep a hose handy. Wet down the whole area around the barrel and keep it wet. Never leave site of the barrel until the fire is completely extinguished. Do not burn near overhanging trees or close to other buildings in case embers rise up out of the barrel.

    And never forget that no one can stop you from using a barrel for the purposes of human warmth. Yeah, lame excuse especially in July, but it does allow you to dispose of small burnable items in an urban area like yard debris, limbs, or the remains of a small, wooden shed. :) :) :)

  • All child molesters should die Sep 18, 2007


    We have two neighbors, directly behind us who use to burn a minimum of 3 times a week! It would literally smoke up all the yards! Once, the fire caught another neighbors fence on fire and went onto her property a few feet! Of coure, the law says, you can burn. Not fair!


  • headlong Sep 18, 2007

    Strawberry...I agree!!! The plastic containers and meat packages that stink, one burns diapers, and some smart person down the road put a tire on his fire smoked up the whole street...always seems to blow our way UGH!!! Hmmm $45 for 3 months of trash pick-up is all worth it to me.

  • All child molesters should die Sep 18, 2007

    It's not fires that worry me. It's my health, that worries me, when neighbors burn.

  • ecbrady Sep 18, 2007

    Looks like there'll be smores tonight!

  • jbtilley Sep 18, 2007

    "If you feel like you should not burn then don't."

    I think the main problem is that people don't want others to burn because they are afraid that fires will get out of control in these extreme drought conditions and potentially destroy their property.

    "I agree with the firefigther. People who want to burn will burn regardless if there is a burn ban."

    And people will commit armed robbery regardless if there is a law against it. Doesn't mean we should just do away with the law.

    Unfortunately some people do need mom and dad to hold their hands. Otherwise there wouldn't be a need for such things as water restrictions, burning bans, etc.

  • Sep 18, 2007

    "Tonight on the 6 o'clock news,Wildfires threaten neighborhood. Stay tuned for details."

  • the alliance Sep 18, 2007

    And I was just getting hot.

  • tripper Sep 18, 2007

    I assume all here are adults and don't need their moms and dads to tell them when not to do something. If you feel like you should not burn then don't. I agree with the firefigther. People who want to burn will burn regardless if there is a burn ban.