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The NC Forest Service has issued a mandatory outdoor burning ban

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A mandatory burning ban is issued for all counties in North Carolina due to dangerous conditions capable of creating wildfires

RALEIGH – Due to the increased risk of fires, the NC Forest Service has issued a mandatory outdoor burning ban and canceled all burning permits for all counties in North Carolina. The burning ban takes effect at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 29, and will remain in effect until further notice.

“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing an increase in wildfire activity due to the dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these conditions in place, a statewide burning ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading rapidly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property, and forests across the state. ”

Under North Carolina law, open burning is prohibited in affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone who violates the burning ban faces a $ 100 fine, plus $ 183 in court costs. Anyone responsible for starting a fire may be responsible for any expense related to putting out the fire.

Local fire departments and law enforcement officials are assisting the NC Forest Service in enforcing the burning ban.

The NC Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions about a specific county can contact their county NC Forest Service ranger or county fire marshal’s office.

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Outdoor burning includes burning leaves, twigs, or other plant material outdoors. In all cases, burning trash, building wood, tires, newspapers, plastics, or other non-vegetative material is illegal.

Q: Can I still use my grill or rotisserie?

A: Yes, if there is no other local ordinance prohibiting its use.

Q: How do I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: How do I report a person who intentionally starts a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: The local fire marshal has also issued a burning ban for my county. What does this mean?
A: The burning prohibition issued by the NC Forest Service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The NC Forest Service has advised county firefighters of this ban and asked to consider implementing a burning ban as well. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a home escapes containment, a North Carolina ranger can take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for lighting the fire may be responsible for any expenses related to putting out the fire.

Q: Are there other cases that impact outdoor burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations can affect outdoor burning. For example, open burning is prohibited in areas covered by air quality forecasts under Code Orange or Code Red. For more information on air quality forecasts, see https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts.

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered burning outdoors and are not exempt from the burning prohibition. During a burning ban, portable gas grills or stoves are alternative methods of cooking food while camping.

Q: What can I do to protect my home from the risk of wildfire?

A: Get information about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the NC Forest Service website at https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/fc_wui.htm or https: // www .resistwildfirenc.org / .

Q: Can I still use my outdoor fire pit or fireplace?

A: More than 100 feet from an occupied dwelling, campfires, open fireplaces, and burning barrels are considered open burning and are subject to the burning prohibition. Within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling, local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning. All local open burning bans are set independently. The NC Forest Service has advised county firefighters of this ban, and they have been asked to consider implementing a burning ban as well. Check with your county fire department about local restrictions.

Q: Can I use fireworks during a burning ban?

A: Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited during a burning ban, and are not allowed in any county while the burning ban is in effect.

Courtesy: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Press

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