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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