South Carolina officials said a back yard trash fire may have contributed to the Highway 31 fire. Because of the fire, a burn ban is in effect for Brunswick County. County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said when that ban is lifted, it is important to keep safety in mind when you are doing back yard burns. In North Carolina it is illegal to burn any man-made materials, like household garbage. In certain counties a permit is required for burning within 100 feet of your home. In all counties burning at any greater distance requires a forestry permit. “Problem is fuels that may be around where you're burning. So if you haven't really cleaned the area to where it's down to dirt if there's grass or leaves or other things that are around it, it could cause the fire to spread,” Garner said. Garner also said it is important to have a hose nearby to help put out the fire if it gets out of control. You should also wear long clothing like pants and a sweat shirt to protect your skin. If any fire starts to spread, contact your fire department or 911 immediately. You can use the following file to help prevent wildfires and protect your family, home and property.
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