The North Carolina Forest Service urges residents to reconsider burning yard debris through the end of May, which historically marks the end of Spring wildfire season in North Carolina. Consider alternatives to burning. Some types of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble, may be of more value if they are not burned but used for mulch instead.
“In North Carolina, most wildfires are caused by human action and careless debris burning. When left unattended, debris burns can escape, igniting tragic wildfires,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Minimizing the number of escaped debris burns will reduce the risk of wildfires while also reducing the risk of community exposure to COVID-19 by allowing first responders to limit close-contact interactions and maintain social distance.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Forest Service says in addition to the perils firefighters face all the time in fighting fires, they are put at greater risk when they also have to worry about COVID-19.
The Forest Service also urged caution with other fires during the pandemic. A campfire that got out of control is the likely cause of a large woods fire that burned 19 acres at Lake Norman State Park Saturday evening (March 28th).
For tips to protect property, prevent wildfires or to access the Online Burning Permit System, visit ncforestservice.gov.