New Hanover County Fire Rescue lifts burn ban

Posted June 10, 2019 at 3:31 pm     Category: Fire RescueNews Release

New Hanover County, NC – New Hanover County Fire Rescue has lifted the ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of the county effective today, Monday, June 10, at 5 p.m.

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:

  • Only the open burning of vegetative debris, such as leaves, tree limbs and trimmings is permitted. Burning of household garbage, construction debris, furniture or any other material is prohibited at all times.
  • Burning of vegetative debris is permitted on the property where the debris originated. Residents may not burn debris hauled from other locations.
  • Burning must take place more than 50 feet from structures, like homes, fences or storage buildings. Piles that are smaller than three feet in diameter and two feet high can be burned no less than 25 feet from structures.
  • Open burning must be attended to at all times by a person able to control and extinguish the fire.
  • Open burning for land clearing requires further set back distances, please contact NC Forestry or the New Hanover County Fire Marshal’s Office at 910-798-7420 for further information.

A permit is required for open burning of vegetative debris outside of a commercial outdoor fireplace 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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