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:
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 www.ncforestservice.gov.
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 recycling.nhcgov.com.
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.
Communication & Outreach Coordinator