NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Due to the high heat and drought conditions, New Hanover County Fire Rescue has issued a burning ban, effective immediately, until further notice for New Hanover County. The burning ban notice can be viewed here.
“The potential for grass and wood fires has increased significantly because of the dry conditions in our region over the past few weeks,” said New Hanover County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Frank Meyers. “For the safety and security of the citizens and visitors in New Hanover County, all outdoor burning is prohibited until conditions change.”
This burning ban applies to all fires, including those within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material, as well as campfires and fire pits. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative material is illegal.
The North Carolina Forest Service has canceled all burning permits and prohibited burning in New Hanover and surrounding counties. New Hanover County’s open burning ban will remain in effect while the NC Forestry Ban is effective.