Asheviille -- Monday December 6, 2021 Asheville Fire Department posted crews were able to extinguish a brush fire
this morning. The fire department also reminded everyone of dangerous dry conditions:
"Battalion 1 responded to a brush fire earlier this morning between 100 block of Tunnel Rd and the I-240 off ramp. Crews extinguished about an acre area of brush on fire. Our area is still very dry and at high risk of brush and grass fires. Please take extra precautions!"
There is a burn band currently, until further notice. This includes recreational fires such as backyard fire pits. Use of grills is permitted.
NC Burn Ban
Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide until further notice.
“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these ongoing conditions, a statewide burn ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading quickly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property and forestland across the state.”
Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.
Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.
The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding a specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office.
wnctimes Marjorie Farrington