State officials say more than 200 wildfires have broken out since warmer, windy weather invaded North Carolina.
No part of the state escaped the outbreak, from the coast to the mountains with hundreds of acres burned. The worst fires are in Surry County, where 582 acres so far have burned and in Polk County with 455 acres scorched.
In Eastern Carolina the number of fires Tuesday has greatly lessened, compared to Monday when multiple grass fires burned several buildings in Craven County.
“People need to use common sense if they intend to burn yard debris such as sticks and leaves,” said Wib Owen, North Carolina’s state forester. “Check the weather report to be sure that conditions will allow for safe burning and only burn when winds are light. Do not burn on windy days and if unsure, call your local fire department to see if they think it’s a good idea to burn that day.”
State foresters say people should not burn today because weather conditions make it perfect for fires to easily spread.
Already there have been multiple fires reported in Craven and Lenoir counties this morning.
A grass fire shortly after noon today destroyed a mobile home on Duds Drive, south of New Bern. Authorities say a barrel fire got out of control, catching nearby grass on fire which then quickly spread to the mobile home.
The home was being used for storage. Three Craven County fire departments were called to that fire.
A couple hours earlier, two outbuildings were damaged after a grass fire got out of control outside of Vanceboro. That fire happened on Campbell Road just after 9:00 a.m.
It was extinguished, but not before catching the two buildings on fire. The fire marshal says another barrel fire got out of control with today's windy and dry conditions helping to spread the fire very quickly.
The fire was stopped some 30-40 yards from a nearby home.
A third fire on Swamp Road, east of Havelock burned seven to eight acres and melted the siding on a double-wide mobile home.
The National Weather Service says the breezy conditions have brought on an increase fire danger throughout Eastern Carolina.
Southwest winds up to 35 miles per hour and low humidity will create adverse conditions for such fires.
State officials say residents should not to conduct outdoor burning. Instead, you should compost your brush piles or leave them until the state receives a soaking rainfall.