Pine straw is a popular ground cover, but some say it can also be dangerous.
A Raleigh city council panel has approved restrictions on using pine straw for landscaping outside apartment complexes and townhomes because it can easily catch on fire.
While there are no restrictions locally, the Winterville Fire department agrees that it's sometimes dangerous.
Firefighters say they've gone on about ten to fifteen pine straw fire calls so far this year. In fact, they say a discarded cigarette caught some on fire behind the Winterville Town Hall on Saturday.
If you use pine straw by your home, firefighters have a few suggestions for you:
Like keeping it watered, keeping around your house kind of wet and damp, don't throw cigarettes and don't have a grill or anything out there where you have open flame close to it.
The full Raleigh city council must approve the restrictions before they can go into effect. The proposed ordinance prohibits using pine straw within ten feet of combustible structures, aside from single family homes and duplexes.