Open Burning Ban Lifted In Many Western Counties (2016-12-03 15:02:02)

Due to recent rains, the open burning ban has been lifted in 32 western counties.

The North Carolina Forest Service says the rains have reduced fire danger in the west and as a result, have lifted the burning ban in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties.

In addition, Boone Assistant Fire Chief Mike Teague tells High Country Radio News the Town Of Boone has lifted the ban on recreational fires such as fire pits and portable fire pits, and ornamental fires such as tiki torches.

Teague reminds residents that the Town of Boone does not allow burning of brush and debris in the town that residents can arrange with the town for pick up of brush. Teague says that even though the ban has been lifted, and recent rains have improved the situation, there is still a danger that a fire can quickly get out of hand, and that folks should still be very cautious. He pointed out there is still a lot of piled up fuel from storms and tree falls and that everyone should be very careful with any fire.