Burn Ban Remains, Even After Welcoming Rain Fall

Although the recent rains in Eastern Carolina quenched some of these dry areas, it doesn't mean it's okay to start outside burning.

Governor Mike Easley, in conjunction with the Forestry Service issued a state wide burn ban in Mid-October and it remains in effect today.

Drought conditions this year has raised the dangers of wildfires in the state. Rains may have helped the situation, but the Director of Pitt County's Emergency Management, Noel Lee says it just not enough.

"We do not feel that all this time, we've had substantial enough amounts of rain to actually lift that ban. We work in conjunction with the forestry service to continue to keep the ban in place."

As a reminder, anyone caught burning outside will be fined a hundred dollars, plus court costs.