State, county agencies issue burn bans

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

State and county officials have issued a burn ban for Brunswick County.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner issued a burn ban for Brunswick County, which coincided with a burn ban issued by state officials for 27 eastern North Carolina counties.

Garner said the ban was implemented because of severely dry conditions as well as local wild fires that have already burned tens of thousands of acres.

Firefighters and others are battling large wildfires in Dare, Bladen and Pender counties.

The state burn ban, issued by North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Dee Freeman, also cancels all burning permits.

By North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in these areas, regardless of whether a permit was issued. Open burning includes burning leaves, branches and other plant material. In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials.

The ban will be enforced by local law enforcement agents, county fire marshals and the N.C. Division of Forest Resources.

The open burning ban means all burning is prohibited if it is 100 feet or more from a home or residence that someone lives in.

While charcoal and propane grilling are not included in the ban, Garner urges residents to use extreme caution while grilling.

Always make sure to properly dispose of cigarettes.

The ban on open burning will be in effect until further notice for the following counties: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Johnson, Jones, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

For more information, people are asked to contact a county ranger with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources, the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office at 253-5383, or Brian Haines, public information officer with the Division of Forest Resources, at (919) 857-4828 or (919) 218-9728.