Burning Ban Still In Effect As NC Drought Lingers

The N.C. Forest Service is reminding residents in 19 counties that a burning ban issued in June remains in effect.

A statement from the service says the decision to keep the burning ban in place is based on the current fire and drought conditions in the southeastern portion of North Carolina. The forest service is currently working on the mop up and monitoring of more than 40 wildfires in eastern North Carolina.

The counties still under the ban are Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Tyrrell and Washington. The ban also includes areas of Cumberland and Robeson counties east of Interstate 95.

Officials could impose an open burning ban on other areas if the drought and increased wildfire activity persists.


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  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    HA, all of our comments are just too funny. Especially Richard's. Actually,,, even if everyone outright bans all outside burning, except cooking,,, you can still burn outside to stay warm, and there ain't nothing anyone can do. But, a jury would most likely convict you now, seeing how it's like 300 degrees outside. Oh, nobody mention that "proper english" mess, if your not a "proper englishman" then you have no business trying to speak proper english!!
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      by taxman on Jul 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM in reply to Native
      How long ago did you fall out of your tree and land on your head ?
  • by Brian Location: Bath on Jul 29, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    Formly O.L.I Is right to that extent of DFR, BUT the ban can have it's own town, county ordiances that may supercede DFR. So when in doubt ...put it out and check with all agencies. Besides, who the heck would take a chance of a gust of wind from a thunderstorm that may pop up to have fire spread ...maybe to homes?
  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Jul 29, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    I love how folks just look to call out someone else. Especially the ones who would and do lay their lives down for others. If you have to be anonymous then you probably should keep you opinion to yourself.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jul 29, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    Formerly O.L.I. is right, a ban does not apply to burning within 100' of an occupied dwelling.
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      by reco on Jul 29, 2011 at 08:38 AM in reply to Native
      your rite about the 100 foot from a house but if the county also approves a ban then you cant burn unless your cooking.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jul 29, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    "The open burning ban means all burning is prohibited if it is 100 feet or more from a home or residence that someone lives in." http://www.dfr.state.nc.us/news_pubs/newsdesk_2011.htm#0622111
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    Thats Hilarious because I rode by Sheriff Ed Browns Home last saturday and there sure was a burn pile smoldering next to his home I shoulda took a picture, guess when your Sheriff the rules dont apply to you!
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      by native on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to
      Burn bans apply to everyone. It's up to them to choose whether to abide by them or not. He can get into trouble doing that just like everyone else.
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