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Debris removal complete, burn ban lifted in New Hanover County

The burn ban in New Hanover County has been lifted now debris removal has been completed. (Source: NCDEQ) The burn ban in New Hanover County has been lifted now debris removal has been completed. (Source: NCDEQ)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The burn ban in New Hanover County has been lifted now debris removal has been completed.

The county collected more than 88,000 cubic yards of debris left behind after Hurricane Matthew.

Residents are now allowed to burn vegetative growth originating on their property while following these requirements: 

  • A burn permit must be obtained, free of charge, from any New Hanover County fire station or from Hanover Hardware, 3508 North Kerr Avenue. Burn permits can also be found online at www.ncforestservice.gov and selecting the ‘Burning Permit’ option.
     
  • Only leaves, branches and other plant growth that originates on their property may be burned.
     
  • Burning must be at least 50 feet from any structure, unless pile size is limited to 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height, in which case the burning must be at least 25 feet away from any structure.
     
  • The fire must be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished. The person watching the fire must have a way to immediately extinguish the fire available anytime burning takes place.
     
  • Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from any structure unless the fire is contained in a portable outdoor fireplace, in which case the distance is reduced to 15 feet.

Open burning for land clearing is permissible in the unincorporated county, but the requirements differ from residential burning. For a full list of requirements, visit www.ncforestservice.gov.

It is illegal to burn:

  • household garbage
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • tires and other rubber products
  • building materials
  • construction debris (including lumber, wire, plastics and synthetic materials)
  • TV’s and electronics
  • asphalt shingles
  • heavy oils paints
  • household and agricultural chemicals

For information on how to dispose of these materials, visit recycling.nhcgov.com.

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