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State Lifts Burn Ban

Posted February 29, 2008
Updated March 1, 2008

— The ban on open burning in North Carolina ending at noon Saturday.

Recent rains have made it safe for carefully-tended open fires to be used to to reduce the amount of dry forest debris, according to Bill Ross, secretary of environment and natural resources. The Division of Forest Resources will continue to monitor conditions to see if and when the burn ban needs to be reinstated.

Open burning is only recommended for use in controlled conditions as a way to limit accumulation of dry debris that could contribute to future wildfires. A permit is required for any open fire.

State officials also recommend these precautions:

  • Do not burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials. They can produce toxic air pollutants.
  • Follow local laws on burning. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours; others forbid it entirely.
  • Check the weather. Never burn in Code Orange or Code Red conditions. Don’t burn on dry, windy days.
  • Keep fire tools available. You will need a garden hose, a bucket, a steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on a fire.
  • Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed burning.
  • Always stay with the fire until it has been extinguished.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 3, 2008

    As long as the people that are burning practice safety, then it should be alright. State park is in NC last I heard. So it is inicluded in the lifting of the state ban in NC. Please it was not referring to some other state,just our. Please carefully when reading.

  • ohmygosh Mar 3, 2008

    Lets see. Woods are still tinder dry. Winds are gusty and strong. Next headlines will undoubtedly deal with the rash of brush fires that are being fought.

  • k9sandQtrs Feb 29, 2008

    Great! Finally a warm weekend where I can open the windows and air out the house and the burning ban gets lifted..... :(

  • Metical Feb 29, 2008

    Does this also include the ban on open fires at State parks?