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.