Burn Ban Remains For Much of Eastern Carolina

State foresters are reminding residents of Eastern Carolina that a burn ban remains in effect for much of the area.

It began June 22nd for Dare, Tyrrell and Washington counties, as well as areas south of Highway 64 and east of I-95.

The ban means all burning is prohibited if 100 feet or more from a home.

The North Carolina Forest Service is also encouraging residents to celebrate Independence Day by watching public fireworks instead of using their own fireworks and creating the risk of setting more wildfires.

Much of Eastern Carolina remains in a severe drought.

If you do choose to light your own fireworks, the Forest Service offers these safety suggestions:

· Don’t use fireworks such as ground spinners, firecrackers, round spinners, Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars, which are not legal in North Carolina.
· Do not use fireworks near woods, brush, grass or any combustible material.
· Make sure fireworks are always used with adult supervision.
· Follow the instructions provided with the fireworks.
· Do not use under the influence of alcohol.
· Always use in a large open, preferably paved, area or near a body of water.
· Have a rake or shovel as well as a bucket or two of water on hand.
· Monitor the area for several hours after use.


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  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jul 1, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    Common sense is proportionately and provisionally deteriorated with each time the number of twist off's come into the hands. There will be small responses to several areas because of the "someones' that think, "it doesn't refer to them". Happy Holiday, saty safe.
  • by Dave Location: (_)) _== _PO_) on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    Darn, and I had 6 more NC state flags to turn to ashes.
  • by me on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    I have neighbors who burn "something" every other day. I can bet my next pay check they'll have a fire going and have fire works too. Who are we to call if we see a fire burning, say -- in a backyard barrell?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    encouraging not to use personal fireworks?? Give me a break! Demand it! If my home burns down from someone else's fireworks when their is a burn ban I am going to be raging mad. Step up local people and DEMAND!! NO BURNING!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous too on Jul 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM in reply to
      I full heartedly agree! There's always one idiot who will do whatever they want in spite of the consequences. Without a ban law enforcement will be unable to do anything until after a house has burned down, and then only if they can prove the source. Don't know about you, but I'll be praying for rain.
  • by 4th Of July on Jul 1, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    We should ALL be willing to accept NO FIREWORKS in ENC for this year. I'd bet most firemen would agree.
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