WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has placed a ban on open burning and canceled all burning permits for 27 eastern North Carolina counties, including Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. The ban became effective at 6 p.m.
State authorities say that the ban is necessary due to the severe drought conditions and the ongoing wildfire activity, as firefighters are currently battling fires in Dare, Bladen and Pender counties.
The open burning ban means all burning is prohibited if it is 100 feet or more from a home or residence that someone lives in.
North Carolina law prohibits all burning in all the included counties regardless of whether a permit has been issued. Open burning includes the burning of leaves, branches, and other plant material. It is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, or plastics. The ban will be enforced by local law enforcement, fire marshals, and the NC Division of Forest Resources.
The ban on open burning will be in effect until further notice for the following counties: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Johnson, Jones, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.