State Lifts Burning Ban

North Carolina's statewide ban on outdoor burning has been lifted.

The state Division of Forest Resources decided to lift the ban because of Friday's storm that dumped several inches of rain across the state.

The ban was implemented August 21st because of the drought conditions. Forest officials are again issuing burning permits. Still, if people are going to burn, the state says they need to take precautions because fires can easily escape.

Here are some safety tips for burning:

- Make sure you have an approved burning permit. You can obtain a
burning permit at any Division of Forest Resources' office, a
county-approved burning permit agent, or online at

- Check with your county fire marshal's office for local laws on burning
debris. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours;
others forbid it entirely.

- Outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code
Red air quality forecasts.

- Check the weather. Don't burn if conditions are dry or windy.

- Consider alternatives to burning. Some yard debris such as leaves and
grass may be more valuable if composted.

- Only burn natural vegetation from your property. Burning household
trash or any other man-made materials is illegal.

- Trash should be hauled away to a convenience center.

- Plan burning for the late afternoon when conditions are typically less
windy and more humid.

- If you must burn, be prepared. Use a shovel or hoe to clear a
perimeter around the area around where you plan to burn.

- Keep fire tools ready. To control the fire, you will need a hose,
bucket, a steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire. Never
use flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline or diesel fuel to speed
debris burning.

- Stay with your fire until it is completely out. In North Carolina,
human carelessness leads to more wildfires than any other cause. In
fact, debris burning is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in North Carolina.

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