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12/9/2021 5:02:00 AM
Burning Ban Lifted

Wayne Howard

The North Carolina Forest Service lifted its burn ban for 67 counties around the state on Wednesday. 

The ban went into effect on November 29th due to hazardous forest fire conditions.  

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said “The rainfall we are seeing across much of the state right now is doing what we need it to do.  Forest fuels are soaking it in, and wind conditions are also improving.”

33 counties are still under the burning ban as hazardous conditions continue. 

“Residents of the 67 counties no longer under the state’s burning ban should still burn responsibly, check for local burning restrictions, and make sure they have a valid permit,” Troxler said. “Check the weather, and never leave a debris fire unattended. If you’re in one of the 33 counties still under the state’s burn ban, be patient and hold off on burning”.

Several counties had also issued local burning bans.  The state ban involved burning over 100 feety from a dwelling, but the local bans generally prohibited all outdoor fires except grills or other contained fires like outdoor fireplaces.  Those bans are also mostly lifted. 

Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston and Cleveland counties are no longer under the burning ban. 

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