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Outdoor burning ban lifted in southeastern N.C.

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Fire officials are lifting a ban on open burning for six counties in southeastern North Carolina.

The ban was lifted this afternoon for Duplin, Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

That means residents can now apply for burning permits.

Officials imposed the ban on April 27th, but they decided today to allow burning because of recent rain and cooler weather in the area.

However -- much of the state is still experiencing dry conditions.

State forest officials are warning people to be careful with camp fires or when burning debris outside.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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