New Hanover County Debris Removal Complete, Burn Ban Lifted

Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:14 am     Category: Environmental ManagementFire RescueNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s debris removal was completed on Saturday, November 26 after collecting 88,180 cubic yards of vegetative debris. During debris collection, New Hanover County residents outside city and town limits were banned from open burning. This ban has been lifted by New Hanover County Fire Rescue and residents are now permitted to burn vegetative growth originating on their property. Several requirements remain in place that all residents must adhere to, including:

  • A burn permit must be obtained, free of charge, from any New Hanover County fire station or from Hanover Hardware, 3508 North Kerr Avenue. Burn permits can also be found online at and selecting the ‘Burning Permit’ option.
  • Only leaves, branches and other plant growth that originates on their property may be burned.
  • Burning must be at least 50 feet from any structure, unless pile size is limited to 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height, in which case the burning must be at least 25 feet away from any structure.
  • The fire must be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished. The person watching the fire must have a way to immediately extinguish the fire available anytime burning takes place.
  • Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from any structure unless the fire is contained in a portable outdoor fireplace, in which case the distance is reduced to 15 feet.

Open burning for land clearing is permissible in the unincorporated county, but the requirements differ from residential burning. For a full list of requirements, visit

Residents should be aware that it is illegal to burn the following items at any time: household garbage, paper, cardboard, tires and other rubber products, building materials, construction debris (including lumber, wire, plastics and synthetic materials), TV’s and electronics, asphalt shingles, heavy oils paints, and household and agricultural chemicals. For information on how to dispose of these materials, visit

Residents should only call 911 if emergency assistance with a fire is needed or if a fire is at risk of endangering people or property. Phone calls reporting smoke in a general area create an unnecessary burden on emergency response resources.

For more information on burning in New Hanover County, call Fire Rescue at 910-798-7420.


Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
Communication & Outreach Coordinator

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