Wake County Fire Services Strongly Urges Residents to Avoid Open Burning

The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits statewide due to an increased fire risk. The ban went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday and will remain in effect until further notice.

Wake County Fire Services would like to reiterate that all open burning, even recreational burning in backyard fire pits, is extremely dangerous at this time. Other examples of open burning include burning leaves, branches or plant material. Campfires and fireworks are also prohibited.

“Any activities involving outdoor open flames are highly discouraged,” said Darrell Alford, director of Wake County Fire Services. “Embers and sparks cannot be controlled, and with current dry weather conditions, fires can get out of hand quickly. We appreciate residents’ understanding and willingness to help protect our people, property and forests.”

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