Officials Ask Residents Not To Burn Yard Debris

The N.C. Forest Service is advising residents to avoid burning yard debris because of weather conditions and the potential for increased fire danger.

A statement from the forest service says that while rain fell on eastern parts of the state on Friday, the agency is issuing a fire danger watch for western parts of the state for Saturday. Forecasts call for the possibility of sustained winds of 20 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph. Coupled with low humidity, the winds would cause any wildfires to spread quickly.

As of Friday, the forest service says there have been approximately 618 wildfires in 2012. Those fires have burned approximately 2,599 acres across the state.


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  • by clint on Feb 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
    Duuuuhhhhh! It's windy.
  • by Amos Location: greenville on Feb 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    All outside burning should be stopped. People burn their pine needles and trash and it gets in my house and I can't breath.
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      by Native on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:54 AM in reply to Amos
      Ban it all? Why? Everyone doesn't live in a sub-division or a little community. You know there are still folks that live out in the country so why should you stop me from burning just because you cant be away from your air purifier?
  • by Good Luck! on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    I've been asking our county officials to ban burning barrels for over a decade.
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      by BLAH on Feb 26, 2012 at 05:42 AM in reply to Good Luck!
      Your calling the wrong number.The number is 1-800-cry- baby.
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      by Native on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to Good Luck!
      Why should the barrels be illegal? It is already illegal to burn trash and other household debris. If they put legal to burn things in a barrel what does it matter. If they ban the barrel they can still burn it on the ground like normal. Maybe you should re-phrase the intent of your comment. Oh, and make sure you let us know how they did it back where you came from.
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