|Fire Conditions: Beware|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2007 21:27|
A statewide open burning ban has been in effect since October 15 and Watauga Ranger Rudy Johnson doesn’t see it letting up anytime soon.He says current conditions are very dangerous.
The dry weather and winds could complicate a wildfire.
With the exception of yesterday’s Sampson blaze, Watauga has been fortunate not to have a wildfire. Johnson attributes that to community diligence.
He says Watauga residents have been wonderful so far about respecting the ban.
He says with the winds picking up and the humidity decreasing, it’s going to be more important than ever to follow the burning ban. Citations will be issued to violators, he says.
Several communities have taken additional steps to prevent forest fires.
In Ashe, for example the Fire Marshal’s Office issued a local burning ban effective yesterday. The state ban does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling- but a fire marshal can initiate a local ban.
While the High Country has been fortunate, North Carolina as a whole has seen above average wildfire activity this year. More than 6,400 wildfires have burning over 35,289 acres statewide.
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