|Open burn ban not letting up|
|Monday, 19 November 2007 22:14|
A statewide open burning ban is still in effect- and local North Carolina Forest Service officer Rudy Johnson appreciates your cooperation.
“So far everybody’s been very cooperative and abiding by the burning ban and that’s helped a whole lot. That’s reduced the number of fires greatly, and I’m sure saved a lot of property damage,” he says.
The drought isn’t the only reason people should be cautious- we’re also in fall forest fire season.
“Up here we have a lot of hardwood forests. The hardwoods shed their leaves, so you get a tremendous build up of hardwood leaves on the forest floor and that just adds a lot of fuel for the fire to burn.”
The fall fire season typically lasts into December when winter precipitation hits. A dry winter, however, could extend the season.
Johnson can’t say how long the ban will be in effect.
“Oh, if I could predict the weather, I could tell you that. Never have been very good about predicting weather,” he says.
He says we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
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