Monday, 29 November 2021 17:40

Burn ban issued across North Carolina

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ROCKINGHAM — All of North Carolina is under a burn ban as of 5 p.m. Monday until further notice, the N.C. Forest Service announced.


Open burning is prohibited and no permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.

“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a statement. “With these ongoing conditions, a statewide burn ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading quickly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property and forestland across the state.”

According to County Ranger Brandon Van Buren, the most recent wildfire in Richmond County was Thanksgiving Day on Haywood Parker Road and burned up to an acre and a half.

Van Buren also said that there was a controlled burn Monday near Camp Mackall.

On Nov. 19, the Forest Service reported that 185 wildfires had burned nearly 415 acres in the Piedmont and Sandhills regions since Nov. 7.

On Sunday, 50 fires burned more than 300 acres. A fire at Pilot Mountain has burned more than 300 acres at the state park in Surry County.

So far this year, 4230 fires have burned more than 12,000 acres, according to the Forest Service.

From Monday afternoon’s press release:

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding a specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office.

A 26-county ban, which included Richmond, was in effect from May 24-June 2.

A fire in Gum Swamp burned about 100 acres off the sandy section of Cognac Road after someone burned a car, several days prior to that ban. The previous weekend, two close-by fires burned about 60 acres off County Home Road between the Ninth Grade Academy and Plastek.

 

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