North Carolina Lifts Open Burning Ban after Recent Rainfall

April 2, 2008

The North Carolina Division of Forest Resources has lifted a ban on open burning across the state after recent rains helped reduce the threat of fire.

The ban had been in effect since March 27, and The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. reported that officials began issuing burning permits again on Monday.

However, agency officials urged people to be careful burning pine straw, leaves and yard debris. During the spring fire season, high winds and quick-drying forest fuels can create hazardous conditions.

Officials said they could reinstate the ban if the drought and increased wildfire activity persist. The state has had more than 1,981 wildfires this year, burning 20,483 acres.

Information from: The News & Observer,

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