Burn ban lifted in most of NC, continues in 33 counties

December 8, 2021 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Forest Service lifted a ban on open burning in most of the state Wednesday, but the ban remains in effect in 33 central and western counties

A statewide ban went into effect Nov. 29 due to hazardous forest fire conditions and has been lifted in 67 counties, officials said in a news release.

“The rainfall we are seeing across much of the state right now is doing what we need it to do,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Forest fuels are soaking it in, and conditions are improving.”

Residents of counties where the ban is no longer in effect should have valid permits, burn responsibly and check for local restrictions, Troxler said.

Any permits granted before the ban have been canceled and residents must obtain a valid permit, officials said.