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.