Conditions Prime For Wildfires Again Later This Week

Fires have roared through our state the past few days, and with possible weather changes toward the end of the week that might be the case again.

More than a thousand acres have burned in our state including some in eastern Carolina. The thing to look out for is a red flag warning in your area.

Brittany Creamer spoke to fire experts about what causes these fires in our area and how to avoid them .

Fires all across our state have some saying it boils down to human error that causes them to spark up according to Greenville battalion chief Eric Griffin.

"What we normally find is human error. You can have discarded smoking materials someone playing with matches someone with improper equipment an example of that is if a person was to drive a vehicle in very tall grass that was extremely dry," said Griffin.

Dry is what WITN Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty says can be expected for weather conditions in coming days again, along with another fire driving force.

"When you've got that grass and the brush from the previous year that's dry, you know it doesn't take much wind and warm weather to dry it out especially when you get some gusty winds ad the relative humidity goes down as low as 20-25% as it does on some of these afternoons. It's like a tinder box. It's ready to go off," said Daugherty.

That is exactly what is happening. Surry county lost 582 acres in forest fired. Polk county lost 455 acres. There have also been several fires in Eastern Carolina.

"The fire can spread so fast that you won't even have time with a regular garden hose or if you have a water source or hose or anything of that nature you won't have time to put it out so call 911," said Griffin.

It's a potential situation we could see again this week.

"Probably upper 60's. 70's Thursday... probably into the mid-70's Friday afternoon so if we have much wind at all that very dry air could create a real problem," said Daugherty.

Griffin says in the city limits you can not burn brush , the only thing you could do is cook food over a fire.

If you plan on burning brush outside city limits, you need a permit from a fire station.

A red flag warning will be issued if the conditions are right for our area to see fires due to the humidity and wind.


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  • by smokey the bear on Feb 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Maybe you should interview a wildland fire expert and not a city fire chief.
  • by NCFS1 Location: NC on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    You got the link right but have to correct you on the distance. Permits are required when you are more than 100 feet from a occupied dwelling. This means a home or residence. A barn or storage shed is not considered a occupied dwelling. If you are in the city limits you may want to check with your fire dept. because some cities have ordinances against burning in town no matter if it's 100 feet or not.
  • by safty Location: enc on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Thank you hot rod for the info.
  • by Hot rod Location: N.C. on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    Burning permits can be got from online by going to http://www.dfr.state.nc.us/burn_permits/burn_permits_main.htm A burning permit is only required when you ARE more than 200 feet from a structure if your less than 200 feet you are in the county and most county's don't write permits and will honor the state permit. always remember you are responsible for your fire and the only thing you can burn it yard waste.
  • by safe Location: enc on Feb 16, 2011 at 03:40 AM
    Do you get a permit from a fire station from all counties or is there some other place to get one out side of pitt co.
  • by Dang! on Feb 15, 2011 at 11:53 PM
    Now I feel bad about tossing that lit cigarette out the window while I was driving. (this is a joke)
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