State Issues Statewide Burning Ban

The entire state of North Carolina is now under a open burning ban because of the drought conditions.

The N.C. Division of Forest Resources initiated the statewide ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits effective at noon today. The ban will be in effect until further notice.

The state says the ban on open burning is necessary because of dry weather conditions and an increase in fire activity statewide. Currently more than 100 firefighters are battling 130 wildfires in Robeson County alone. Yesterday there were 46 new wildfires affecting more than 370 acres across North Carolina.

Open burning includes burning leaves, branches and other plant material. In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials.

The ban means that no burning is allowed beyond 100 feet of an occupied dwelling.