The large fire from Brunswick County is still smoldering Wednesday. Fire officials say it is up to Mother Nature to take care of the rest. The incident is being investigated by North Carolina Forest Services. Forest Service officials said a citation has been issued to those responsible for starting the fire. The owner of the land is ultimately responsible for any fines, but since the owner used a private contractor to set the control burn, fire officials say whoever lights the match gets the citation. That is only a piece of the investigation. A control burn permit is easy to obtain in our state, and after it got out of control Tuesday, NC Forest Services want people to use more caution before lighting a match to a burn pile. “Well in a rural area, it's been a tradition, people have burned for years. You just need to be careful and make sure you have some sort of a control line. Any permit doesn't alleviate you from any damage that is done," Larry Hall of the NC Forest Service said. Hall believes the total cost of this fire, from calling in air tankers, to mileage and fuel for the necessary fire equipment can possibly cost up to $10,000, not to mention the cost in flaring tempers as traffic was snarled for hours yesterday afternoon in the St. James Plantation area. A control burn permit is free, and fairly easy to get. You can get one online or at local stores. North Carolina Forest Services recommends burning a small control burn pile at night when the humidity is low.
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