Burn Ban Remains In Effect

State forestry officials want to remind residents in the East that a burn ban remains in effect for much of the area.

Areas south of Highway 64 and East of I-95 are under the burn ban. Dare, Tyrrell and Washington counties are included in this order.

The ban prohibits all burning within 100 feet of a home.

Officials encourage people to visit professional fireworks displays instead of attempting to light ones at home.

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  • by Bill Location: Washington on Jul 4, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    The burning ban the state has put into place covers all burning OUTSIDE the 100' perimeter of an occupied dwelling. The county fire marshalls are the ones that determine if there is to be a burning ban WITHIN 100' of an occupied dwelling.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Jul 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Of course all the "business folk" who sell the fireworks will be long gone when the forests and homes start going up in smoke. Considering the severity of the drought and the length of time it has been in effect, thet state could have shut down sale of fireworks which would make a whole lot more sense. Now, NC can wait and hope no fires are started as a result of fireworks.
  • by William Location: Greenville on Jul 4, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    To Abigail - I'm sorry, but reasonable and grammatically correct comments are frowned upon here. Also, you forgot to blame Obama for the fires.
  • by Abigal Location: Grimesland on Jul 4, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Seriously, fire works should only be done by the cities this year, it is smokey enough out there.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2011 at 07:39 AM in reply to Abigal
      It is not the smoke that is an issue it is all the fires they can cause.
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        by Abigal on Jul 4, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to
        For me the smoke is a medical problem, and no offence to you but with respect to your coment, the fire causes the smoke.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:38 AM in reply to Abigal
          waaaaaah waaaaaah
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        by Duh on Jul 4, 2011 at 01:44 PM in reply to
        Well, where do you think the smoke comes from? Where there's smoke, there's fire.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    They should have banned the sale of fireworks and the use of them also.
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      by jerry on Jul 4, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to
      I agree. It is a good bet that more woods fires will be started, preceded by "hold my beer and watch this".
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        by 250 on Jul 4, 2011 at 04:49 PM in reply to jerry
        You've got that phrase pretty well practiced doncha?
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Jul 4, 2011 at 02:32 AM
    State Forestry has just madeto the dumbest statement of the year. Let's see, we will ban burning but we will allow everyone to fire off fireworks, I guess the marshes around Belhaven will be the next thing to go up in smoke. I love fireworks as much as the next person. But we have to look at the whole picture. Time to replace a top offical when they start talking like that.

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