State Bans Burning For Much Of Eastern Carolina

Drought conditions and an increase in wildfires is prompting the state to ban all open burning in much of Eastern Carolina.

The state has also cancelled all burning permits, effective at 6:00 p.m. Those counties are Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

The open burning ban means all burning is prohibited if it is 100 feet or more from a home or residence that someone lives in.


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  • by Tee Location: ENC on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:29 AM
    The reason for the burn ban is not because of the fires that are going on. Come on folks, use your head. If it is dry outside, what do you think will happen if a fire gets away from you?? Answer.....It will catch other things on fire!!! People need to stop being mad because they can not burn. Do you not realize the jeopardy that these guys are putting themselves in when they go and put out a yard fire, house fire, brush fire, or wildfire? They are putting their lives on the line and all people can do is get mad and not have enough common sense to know that burning right now is not a very good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by fire marshall Location: enc on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    The ban on burnining only affects property over 100 feet from a residence. You may still burn yard debri less than 100 feet from yor home. You do not need a permit from forestry to burn yard debri at your primary residence provided you stay within 100 feet, and there is no public pick up provided. Is it safe to burn? NO! It is very dry. Yes i know the two wildfires have been blamed on lighting. No need to add to the potential of a fire getting away, not to mention the resources already committed to the two fires we have now, meaning fewer firefighters and trucks and pumps for other fires. DO NOT BURN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW no matter how close or far to your home.
  • by NOT about time on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    The big fires we have right now have nothing to do with people burning. Both Pains Bay and the Juniper Rd fire were started by lightning so unless you figure out a way to stop lightning we won't be able to stop fires
  • by Tarzan Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    To stop the fires that are happening right now you would have had to have a "lightening strike ban" in effect. This is nothing more than an effort to make the weak minded feel better.
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      by Howdy on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to Tarzan
      So, in your mind, people should be able to continue to burn off fields and ditch banks in the middle of a drought until one of those fires spreads out of control? No, It can't stop the ones that have already spread, but it can prevent more fires. This should have been one of those "duh" things anyway.
  • by Old F**t Location: g,ville on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    That State Ban on Burning sure will stop all that smoke from out East. They should have solved this 6 weeks ago. Its amazing what a simple proclamation can do. Finally fresh air!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    Its about time the state finally does something right, but I think it's a little to late
  • by About time on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    It is about time. This state has always been way to lenient when it comes to burning.
  • by pure stupidity Location: Onslow on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    Allow me to cut and paste here: The open burning ban means all burning is prohibited if it is 100 feet or more from a home or residence that someone lives in. Is this another one of Bevies brain toots? THIS IS "NOT" a "burn ban"!!!!!! In my opinion, a burn ban means NO, NONE, ZIP, NADDA, At this point no one should even be grilling "unless" they have a garden hose close with water pressure on it ready to go. BUt I am pretty certain if I drive 17 this weekend I will probably see a select few still burning out ditch lines without standing close watch. A rant? Maybe! Even the Boy Scouts have an outdoor code.
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      by Howdy on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:58 PM in reply to pure stupidity
      And I would much rather someone not be burning anything within 100 feet of my home.
  • by Hello Location: Goldsboro,NC on Jun 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    Burn ban should have been in effect weeks ago.It should not take fires like we have right now before the state issues a burn ban.I have seen this week of farmers burning fields off here in Wayne Co.It is way to dry to do this.
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      by Mike on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:08 PM in reply to Hello
      I agree it should have been done earlier and they need to put a LARGE fine on them for burning the fields.5000 dollars would be good hit em in the pocketbook where it hurts and they would learn how to bale that straw instead of burning it up.
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      by anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to Hello
      Burn bans have nothing to do with wildfires like we have right now. They are put into effect because of drought conditions and the potential for fires.
  • by JJ Location: ENC on Jun 22, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    ITS ABOUT TIME!!!
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