State to temporarily lift open burning ban
Posted January 2, 2008 9:09 a.m. EST
Updated April 30, 2008 6:28 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Bill Ross is expected to temporarily lift the ban on open burning for all 100 counties Wednesday.
The ban on open burning was imposed Oct. 15 because of dry weather and dwindling water sources across North Carolina.
Officials credit recent rainfall for the lifting of the ban. They said conditions are sufficient to make open burning safe.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its Division of Forest Resources said they will continue weekly monitoring of conditions to determine if the burn ban needs to be reinstated.