NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Fire Rescue will lift the burning ban at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 2, based on improved fire weather conditions and guidance from the NC Forest Service.
The City of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville Beach each have their own restrictions on open burning, and lifting the burning ban only applies to the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County.
“The recent rainfall, higher humidity levels and overcast skies have contributed to improved environmental conditions and a reduced risk of fire spread,” said New Hanover County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Frank Meyer. “We are lifting our restrictions on open burning in conjunction with our partner the North Carolina Forest Service.”
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 commercial outdoor fireplace or similar container. Permits are free of charge and available at all county fire stations, Hanover Hardware at 3508 North Kerr Ave., and on the NC Forest Service website. To report smoke concerns, contact the NC Division of Air Quality local office at 910-350-2004.