NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – In conjunction with a statewide burning ban issued by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Division of Foresty on Monday, New Hanover County Fire Rescue has issued a burning ban effective as of 8 a.m., Tuesday, November 30 for all unincorporated areas in the county. Any previously issued burn permits are cancelled and no new permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.
The City of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville Beach each have their own restrictions on open burning, and this burning ban, which can be viewed here, only applies to the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County.
The U.S. Drought Monitor for North Carolina notes that New Hanover County is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions which have increased the potential for fire emergencies.
“We have gone without significant rainfall in the county for quite some time and unfortunately that increases the risk of grass and wood fires becoming uncontainable,” said New Hanover County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Frank Meyers. “We will continue to monitor the situation, but this ban is for the safety of New Hanover County and will be in effect until conditions change.”
The burning ban applies to open burning, including burning leaves, branches or other plant material, as well as campfires and fire pits. The ban does not include fires ignited and maintained within a container for outdoor cooking. Residents are urged to use extreme caution when disposing of charcoal following cooking and ensure that the charcoal has been extinguished with water or allowed to remain in a noncombustible container until the heat is gone before disposal. Additionally, extreme caution should be used when disposing of cigarettes and other smoking material outdoors and make sure they are completely extinguished prior to disposal.
In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics, or other non-vegetative material is illegal.
To report a fire emergency, call 911. For more information on the status of the burn ban, visit FireRescue.NHCgov.com or call (910) 798-7420.