Town Of Boone Expands Burning Ban (2016-11-18 16:32:17)

The Town of Boone has expanded the burning ban in the city limits.

Boone Fire Department Captain Mike Teague says that recreational fires such as fire pits and portable fire pits, and ornamental fires such as tiki torches are now banned.
Manufactured grills and cookers are still allowed under the current ban, but should be used with extreme caution. The expanded ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Captain Teague says that while cooler temperatures associated with a cold front this weekend would ordinarily help lower fire danger, the high winds associated with that front will actually increase fire danger. For more information about the expanded burning ban, call the Boone Fire Department at 828-268-6180.

Persistent drought conditions continue to impact western North Carolina, and contribute to the spread of fires in the southwestern corner of the state.
Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon and Swain counties are listed in Exceptional Drought, while ten counties including McDowell are listed in Extreme drought.
Eight counties including Avery and Watauga, as well as Burke, Caldwell and Mitchell counties are now in severe drought.
Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes counties are in moderate drought.

Water restrictions are in effect in many areas, and restrictions are expected to be announced shortly for the Town of Boone.