New Hanover County, NC – New Hanover County officials have lifted the ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of the county as of today, Monday, November 26.
“With the first pass of debris collection from Hurricane Florence nearing completion, fire risks have decreased and we have lifted the burn ban,” said New Hanover County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Frank Meyer. “We encourage our residents to practice fire safety and be aware of rules and regulations, like notifying neighbors of plans to burn and keeping watch over the fire, if they choose to burn vegetative debris.”
The City of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville Beach each have their own restrictions on open burning, and the lifting of the burn ban only applies to the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County.
Residents who plan to burn vegetative debris should adhere to the following:
A permit is required for open burning of vegetative debris outside of a fire pit or similar structure. Permits are free of charge and available at all county fire stations, Hanover Hardware at 3508 North Kerr Ave., and on the NC Forest Services website. To report smoke concerns, contact the NC Division of Air Quality local office at 910-350-2004.
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