NC Forest Service Warns Of Fire Danger With Dry, Windy Conditions

The warm weather may feel nice, but if you plan on doing any kind of yard work this weekend the North Carolina Forest Service is encouraging residents not to burn yard debris because strong winds mixed with low humidity could cause a small debris fire to quickly become an out of control blaze.

Debris burning is the number one cause of wild fires in Pitt county and Mike Blake with the North Carolina Forest Service says so far this year, nearly 5,000 acres across the state have been burned in wildfires. Thursday afternoon the Forest Service received a call about a grass fire near County Home Road in Greenville.

"On windy days, such as today, we encourage landowners to wait to burn on a day when the wind is calmer and the humidity is not as low," said Blake Thursday.

A burn ban has not been issued for any part of eastern carolina. Blake says this is merely a word of caution to those who plan on doing any kind of burning over the weekend.

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