NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- Effective 5:00 p.m. on Monday January 14, the local burning ban for New Hanover County that has been in effect since October 2007 has been lifted.
Because of recent rainfall, the County Fire Marshal has decided to lift the local burning ban. Fire Service officials advise that if people burn leaves and other vegetative materials they should take the same precautions had it not rained because fires can easily escape and become dangerous.
Some important rules to follow if you burn include:
- Citizens are urged to use caution when burning natural vegetative debris and should have adequate extinguishing methods and be in constant attendance of the fire. Open burning may include burning leaves, branches and other plant material that originate from the property.
- It is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials.
- Be prepared before burning. Keep fire tools available. To control a fire, you will need a garden hose, a bucket, a steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire. Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed or start burning.
- Always stay with the fire until it has been fully extinguished.
- Contractors should consult with North Carolina Forestry before land clearing.