Catawba County News
UPDATE: BURN BAN HAS BEEN REMOVED 12/8/2021 12:00 pm
Published: December 08, 2021
UPDATE: 12/8/2021 12:00 pm BURN BAN HAS BEEN REMOVED
Effective at 12:00 p.m. today, the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office has removed the countywide restriction on open burning that was initiated on November 30, 2021. This action is in line with the N.C. Forest Service’s decision to remove its restriction on open burning today for several counties, including Catawba County, due to recent precipitation and decreased fire danger.
BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR CATAWBA COUNTY
Effective immediately, Catawba County prohibits all open burning across Catawba County, including within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The ban applies to all open burning regardless of whether a permit was issued.
The open burning ban is authorized by the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office per N.C. Fire Code Section 307 to help prevent the potential for increased wildfires due to extremely dry weather conditions in the county.
The local ban follows an open burning ban issued Nov. 29 by the N.C. Forest Service. Because of increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has banned all open burning and canceled all burning permits statewide. The issuance of new burning permits has also been suspended.
Open burning includes burning leaves, branches and other plant material in addition to the use of recreational fires, bonfires, and outdoor fireplaces. The ban does not apply to cooking fires, such as grills or outdoor cookers. In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials.
The ban will remain in effect until further notice. Local fire departments and law enforcement are assisting the N.C. Forest Service with enforcing the ban, which carries a fine plus court costs for violation.
Questions about the local ban can be directed to Catawba County Emergency Services by calling (828) 465-8230. For more information about the N.C. Forest Service’s regional open burning ban, including deployment of the service’s Fire Prevention Education Team to Western North Carolina, visit http://ncforestservice.gov/ and click on the News page.